Galleywall Nature Reserve 2016 Events

Galleywall Nature Reserve

The Galleywall Nature Reserve is a small plot of land which has been owned by Southwark Housing for decades. It was used by the adjacent Galleywall School for some time before the school closed. It has been maintained by a group of volunteers, the Friends of Galleywall Nature Reserve, since 2004, under an ongoing long-term agreement with the council.

The reserve is based in Bermondsey, South London. It is populated with native trees and shrubs, and a carefully maintained pond. We often run open days on weekends, and children are well catered for, with a number of games organized around the plants and wildlife.

Every 3rd Sunday of the month everyone can spend some time at Galleywall and they’ve got lots happening this spring and summer.

Events for everyone

All sessions are free and run 2-4pm (except Saturday June 18th which is 10am-4pm). There’s no need to book, just come along. Children are very welcome (we always have pond-dipping and mini-beast hunt equipment and information available) but must be supervised at all times by a parent or carer.

If you need more information, email us at

Sun 20 March: Work Afternoon and Cook-Out

Come and help us build bike parking from drainpipes, and if we have time, do some repairs to the habitat wall. Then share some lovely food cooked on our cob hearth.

Sun 17 April: Create a mushroom area

We’ll lay wood chip and mushroom spores to create a mushroom area which should produce edible mushrooms later in the year (and following years!).

Sun 15 May: Herbs and herbal medicine

Come along and find out about the culinary and medicinal uses of native British herbs.

Sun 12 June: Big Lunch 2016

Bring some food to share as part of the Big Lunch 2016.

Sat 18 June: Open Garden Squares Weekend

We’ll be opening the reserve from 10am to 4pm as part of London Open Garden Squares Weekend. There will be a few activities for adults and children, and hopefully some refreshments for sale.

Sun 17 July: The Challenge event

Local group The Challenge will be running an event by and for young people.

Sun 21 August: Dr Bike

Come along and get your bike fixed up for free by experts from Cycle Training UK.

Sun 18 September: Beekeeping

Learn about beekeeping from an expert, and take a look inside a hive.

Sun 16 October: Fungi and foraging tour

There are lots of fungi (edible and not!) and edible wild foods in the reserve in the autumn. Come along and find out more from our expert.

Sun 20 November: Autumn Celebration!

See out the Galleywall season with tea, refreshments, and the last chance for the year to spend time in the reserve.


Getting there

The Garden is on the corner of Galleywall and Lynton Road (postcode SE16 3PB). The entrance is by the bus stop on Galleywall Road (buses 1 and 381 stop here).

Contact Galleywall Nature Reservee

07943 373 720  Click here to email  @GalleywallNR  GalleywallNatureReserve

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