Have you seen our Owls? see the Projects page for details!

A new carving in Court Wood Grove has just been commissioned - thanks to your generous donations!! 

If you would like to contribute to the cost of this carving and more please donate through JustGiving to help us pay for them.

Alternatively if you sign up to EasyFundRaising it will cost you nothing. Instead, whenever you purchase something from a supplier who has signed up to help(eg Sainsbury's, M&S, Robert Dyas, Mountain Warehouse etc) THEY will make a donation to us and also enter us into the draw to win an extra £500!

Who we are

The Friends of Selsdon Wood are volunteers working with Croydon Council to ensure that Selsdon Wood is maintained for the benefit of the flora and fauna, as well as for the enjoyment of the public. We are the Council's eyes and ears - reporting problems that occur. We are grateful to the many dog walkers and others who also 'keep an eye out' whilst enjoying the fields and woods and advise of problems too.

Download a printable leaflet (with map).

To contact the Friends e-mail: selsdonwood@gmail.com  or text the secretary on 07979 002547‬

What we do

The Friends regularly hold informative walks, carry out sustainable conservation and restorative work and monitor wildlife in Selsdon Wood. On our work sessions (see the Work Sessions page for details) we coppice woodland and carry out other maintenance work. Our Committee meetings are open to all, usually on the last Monday of alternate months and we hold our AGM in early March. All start at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum.

Our display boards at the entrances carry posters advertising forthcoming walks (see the Walks page) and provide other information for users of the woods.

See the Events page for dates of all meetings, walks etc. 

See also the Projects page for information about our latest projects - commissioning of wood sculptures and using shingle to improve the muddy paths

Join Us

The Friends are pleased to welcome new members. Your £5 family subscription will help to pay for more bird boxes, native trees & plants, tools, leaflets, name boards etc. Membership of the Friends expresses your belief in, and support for, the work we do. The Friends understand that not everyone can take part in maintenance work or attend meetings but your membership encourages us all.

To join download and complete a membership form (Word File or PDF), go to the Contact Us page on this website or email selsdonwood@gmail.com.

All members of the FSW are welcome to join our Committee. This meets every 2 months at the Forestdale Forum.

The FSW is a member of  the Association of Croydon Conservation Societies (ACCS) and the Moving Mountains Network

We also have a Facebook Page and publish a monthly Newsletter.

Except where stated otherwise, all materials on this website are © FSW.

About Selsdon Wood

Selsdon Wood is owned by the National Trust and has been leased for many years to Croydon Council  who manage it. The National Trust Bylaws apply to our wood. 

In 2022 the FSW made an application for Selsdon Wood to be included in the Surrey Hills extended Area of Natural Beauty.

Access to Selsdon Wood

The Selsdon Wood car park is off Old Farleigh Road, Croydon, CR2 8QF. It is protected by a height barrier.

The map reference of the reserve entrance is  51° 20' 12.33" N ,    0° 03' 11.95" W

A What Three Words reference to a spot in the car park is  ///unrealistic.holly.trees 

This is the Google Map of the reserve entrance with turquoise bus sign pointing to it. And this is the Google Earth photo of the entrance and car park area.

To reach Selsdon Wood by public transport - take the 433 bus from either East Croydon Station or Addington Village Interchange to Dove Close, Sandpiper Road. Walk to the junction of the road with Old Farleigh Road and then turn left to walk about 100m. to the wood's car park entrance almost opposite Kingswood Way.

There is an additional hourly bus, 409, which runs along Old Farleigh Road with a stop named Selsdon Nature Reserve and It is also possible to access the wood from Courtwood Lane which is served by the 353. The 409 does not run on Sundays.

Buses 359 and 412 serve Selsdon Library from where it is about a 10-15 minute walk along Old Farleigh Road to the wood entrance 100m beyond Sandpiper Road.


Click the link below for useful numbers to report problems.

Reporting Problems / Injured Animals in Selsdon  Wood