Information Centre Open Saturday 6th August

We shall be at the Information Centre behind the stable block from 10am to 1230pm. pop in during your visit or walk. Future events Bat Experience 24th September, Five Arches & AGM/Public Meeting 27th September at ‘The Bothy’ St James Church- full details to follow. contact

Activities for young people at the Information centre – Photo by SP(Mother) with permissions

Information Centre Open & AGM Update

The Information Centre will be open this Saturday 2nd July from 10am to 1230pm come along and meet the Friends find out some more about the Meadows and our Group.

To coincide with our plans to upgrade our banking and introduce more flexible ways of collecting membership subscriptions we have decided to postpone this years AGM to Tuesday 27th September starting at 7am with the venue to be confirmed. However, you can still join as a member with details on our members page.

Tree News Ellenborough Road Entrance

We have received the following update from Tim Barnes Tree Officer at Bexley on Friday 13th May 2022

I just wanted to email you with a brief update regarding some urgent tree work operations that are taking place on the Ellenborough Road entrance to the park.

There is a large twin-stem poplar that we are currently having reduced. We have asked for an outside contractor to come in and carry out the work and they began work yesterday. However, after speaking with the contractor it has become clear that this will be a multiple day project certainly spanning into next week. Although work will not continue over the weekend, much of the debris will still be on site. However, the team will endeavour to keep the gate and pathways clear on Saturday and Sunday.

It is my hope that this work will have minimal affect on the park users and we hope to keep any inconveniences to a minimum.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Tim Barnes

Trees & Woodlands Officer

Parks & Open Spaces

London Borough of Bexley

Signs of Spring 2022

We at the Friends are now looking towards spring and summer on the Meadows. We will keep you informed of what is happening here as well as notifying our members directly. we welcome your observations and comments via our contact page or by e mail do come along on the morning of Saturday 7th May 2022 when we next plan on opening the Information Centre.

The iconic Sidcup scene of swans at the ‘Five Arches’. Swans have intermittently visited the Meadows this winter the image above was taken on Sunday 13th March will they stay? Let us hope so.  

Home on the Cray?

Spring Watch – Remember to give nature a space especially during the nesting season.

How are the daff’s doing at Rectory lane?

and when the sun shines

Enjoy your visit

The Information Centre will be open this Saturday 7th August between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

The Information Centre will be open to the public on Saturday 7th August between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

We will be joined by: –

Emily Millhouse   
London Tails of Amphibian Discovery (T.O.A.D) Project Manager with froglife

Funded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Who will be available to answer any questions you might have on the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on.

Grown ups do pond dip Foots Cray Meadows June 2021

Exploring Local Places, Foots Cray Place Saturday 24th July 2021 10am – 4pm

Exploring Local Places, Foots Cray Place Saturday 24th July 2021 10am – 4pm. The Friends and Bexley Archaeology Group are co hosting an event as part of the Festival of Archaeology. For full details click the link to see the Poster.

Right Here next Saturday 24th July 2021

Bexley Archaeology Group will bring alive for your exploration.
Foots Cray Place

an 18th Century Palladian Mansion
This is your Local History

Talk of a Sewage Leak mind the water – Here is an update from the Environment Agency

My thanks to Kat at the EA for updating the Friends on this week’s talk of water quality on the Rivers Shuttle & Cray MH FFCM

On Monday (21/06/21) we were made aware of a fish kill involving several hundred dead fish on the River Shuttle at Bexley Woods. Our Water Quality and Fisheries Officers visited later that morning to investigate. Although there were no obvious signs of pollution present we noted a general discolouration and a recent deposit of silt. Thames Water, who operate the sewerage system, along with their contractors also attended. No issues could be found with the river water nor the nearby sewer network. Unfortunately the source and cause of the fish kill still remains unknown. We are having lab analysis carried out on the river water and the investigation remains open. Whatever caused the fish mortality, is likely to have been flushed downstream and diluted. The remaining fish carcasses will decompose naturally without having a negative impact on water quality.

We have received separate reports of fish in distress on the River Cray near Foots Cray Meadow. This was also attended and water quality readings suggested this was the result of a possible algae bloom and is not related to the River Shuttle incident.

Rivers receive water from many different sources including road and yard drainage. Unknown pollutants may enter drainage networks which flow into local watercourses any time but especially in urban catchments following rainfall. Natural waters can also contain strains of blue-green algae, which can be toxic to humans and animals. We carry out bacteriological testing at designated bathing waters to inform swimmers of risk but not in this area. We are therefore not in a position to comment on whether a watercourse is safe to enter for either humans or their pets.

If you have any further concerns regarding health and safety, we would advise contacting the Environmental Health Team at your local authority who is best placed to deal with these sorts of queries.

Likewise, if you do observe any pollution, please report this through to our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Kind regards,


Katherine Tye | Fisheries Technical Officer

FBG North | Kent and South London