Family events at Eardley Road Nature Reserve

14 May 2016

Written by: The Conservation Volunteers

Arts, culture and events - Better Lambeth - Environment - Focus on Streatham

A new engagement project founded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) is bringing out Lambeth’s youngest citizens to explore a hidden nature gem in the heart of Streatham.

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Family events at Eardley Road Nature Reserve

Tiny toddlers enjoy their first trip to the nature reserve…

Last week 14 exited toddlers from Tiny Tots Nursery at Braeside Road came out for a visit to the nearby woodland at Bates Crescent, also known as Eardley Road Sidings Nature Reserve. For many of the little children it was their first visit to woodland and proved to be a very special experience.

“We played hide and seek and enjoyed a snack sitting on a log under the green leaves. Then I made a magic woodland wand and balanced on logs” sums up one girls with a sparkle in her eyes when she got picked up by her mum after the session.

The session was led by trained Forest School leader and experienced outdoor educator, Judith Ressler, as part of the new community engagement project she runs for TCV.

Outdoor family events, training and volunteering opportunities

During the course of the community engagement project Judith will be offering free outdoor education sessions to nurseries, schools and youth groups based around Eardley Road Sidings Nature Reserve.

Judith can offer a variety of structured educational outdoor sessions early years and 5 to 11 year olds, set around environmental and science topics that are closely linked to the National Curriculum. Half day sessions last around two hours and all activities will be held at Eardley Road Sidings Nature Reserve. As part of the project TCV also offers training and volunteering opportunities, outdoor learning and family events.

Educational activities include formal and informal training events regarding site improvements, maintenance and biodiversity, volunteering as well as activities related to nature conservation such as creating habitats, building bird boxes, fauna and flora surveying, rail heritage walks and talks.

TCV’s vision is to create a self-sustaining community group that would like to improve this site and care for it in the future. If you’re a Lambeth resident and interested in making a difference and improve Eardley Road Sidings Nature Reserve, we can support you to get going.

To find out more contact TCV Community Outreach Officer, Judith Ressler at / mobile: 07901 008 316.

You can also find us on Twitter: @tcv_EardleyRoad or visit our website:

Our upcoming events programme

From foraging to making butterfly feeders, read more about our events scheduled throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn in our programme.