Greenspaces: Brockley Nature Reserve

A path through the nature reserve

Just off Vesta Road, running along the railway line between Brockley and New Cross Gate, is a narrow but deceptively large strip of wooded land. Left for years to do as it pleases, it now forms Brockley's very own nature reserve.

Despite there being only really one route round the place, you can still lose yourself once inside. As it's not open on a regular basis, it is completeley undisturbed. There are no surfaced paths, benches, or litter bins here. These photos, taken last year, give you a taste of how tranquil and unspoilt the place is.

Wilderness

Nature in the nature reserve!

17 comments:

Tressillian James said...

Jon- How do we get in? Is the entrance by Brockley station?

Moira said...

Its on Vesta Road just by the railway bridge.

Danja said...

I think it's by the Vesta road bridge, on the TH side.

Danja said...

snap

Anonymous said...

Is it too wild and overgrown to push a pram around?

ALI KATI said...

How lovely!

creepylesbo said...

Yes, probably too wild to push a pram for some parts - plus there are steps.
Also - do get there early or all the fungi will have been trampled and picked by the kiddies. I saw some lovely toadstools which had been decimated by someone on the path.

creepylesbo said...

Takes about 20 mins to walk all the way around if you saunter - I made mine last an hour by stopping and looking at lots of things but it's not exactly a heath or anything.

patrick1971 said...

I looked at buying a house in Barriedale a few years ago, which backed on to the nature reserve. There was an issue at the time that the council were going to allow it to be used for housing; don't know what happened there.

Headhunter said...

Isn't it strange that the council is happy to allow builders to concrete over the nature reserve, shoehorning houses onto the side of an embakment overlooking the railway (hardly ideal for homes) yet allow thousands up thousands of acres at Convoys Wharf to lie derelict

Headhunter said...

Bit of a shame that no one tells the delightful kiddies not to pick flowers or fungi. Not least because fungi could cause them a nasty stomach upset...

Brockley Jon said...

HH, it's not your average park life. I'd imagine that 99% of Brockley parents through the gates would be the first ones to tell their little treasures not to trample the flowers or chug the fungi. There are volunteers on hand too, for the 1% who don't - pitch forks ready ;-)

Monkeyboy said...

Must admit that mushroom ommlette I made did not agree with me. I was halucinating for days and thought I was a hatstand.

(only kidding!!)

Headhunter said...

Magic mushies grow in fields rather than under trees don't they? I remember scouring fields for them as a student... But that's another story...

Transpontine said...

I don't think there was ever a serious threat to build on Vesta Road nature reserve I am glad to say. It was a neighbour of the site who proposed - perhaps facetiously - that it should be built on, and the Council was then obliged to consult on it. But I don't think anybody in the Council was really behind it.

See: here

Cllr Mike Keogh said...

Hi all
The info on the page maybe incorrect. I know that there is definitely a workday every second Saturday of the month. 12-4 all welcome. It is just after my councillor surgery in Ladywell. I was a keen activist as part of the best LWT borough team in London in the mid to late eighties volunteering our socks off in Nature Reserves in Lewisham. Many of us still do. Contact Helen Wallis at hwallis@wildlondon.org.uk for workday details. It is a fab site part of a Site of Metropolitan Importance to Nature Conservation stretching from Forest Hill to New Cross Gate!!! NOT under any threat!! But it does need management and volunteers or will go to wild!

Brockley Nick said...

@Cllr Mike - the article above simply promoted a one-off open day, it doesn't state that those are the regular opening hours. However, we'll publish a new article shortly, now that there are regular opening hours in place. Cheers.

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