Location

The entrance to the reserve is between 36 and 38 Sunley Gardens, Perivale, UB6 7PE. Perivale tube station, on the Central line, is a 5 minute walk away.

The 297 bus stops nearby, in both directions. The E5 and 95 both stop on Teignmouth Gardens, a 10 minute walk away.

If you can, why not walk or cycle to the reserve to reduce your carbon footprint?

If you have to use a motor vehicle, there are car parks on both sides of the tube station – one takes coins, the other only takes payments by mobile phone.

Location map for reserve

Access to the reserve

The reserve gates are kept locked other than for our events; members can visit on one of our Members’ Days which are held several times a month. Dates are sent out in advance or you can check the calendar – please let us know in advance that you are coming by email or phone. This will ensure that there is a volunteer there to open the gate. Please note that Perivale Library and the adjoining Café Rendezvous no longer hold keys to the Reserve.

Photo of Society Membership Card

All our members are welcome to bring friends and family for a visit to the reserve, with a maximum of five guests per member please.

Groups
We do require that all organised groups book via booking@selbornesociety.org.uk – there’s usually no charge, just a request for donations.

Your visit

We have produced a guide to responsible use of the reserve, which you can download here . The key messages of this guide are:

  • Respect the ecology of the reserve – don’t remove any of the wood’s flora and fauna and don’t bring any into the reserve.
  • Go placidly – avoid disturbing the wildlife and other visitors and “remember what peace there may be in silence”.
  • Tread lightly – stick to the marked paths.
  • Leave no trace – take all litter home with you – there’s no refuse collection at the reserve. Furthermore, barbecues, fires. fireworks and sky lanterns must not be lit within the reserve.
  • And finally, leave your pets at home – don’t bring in any animals (apart from registered guide dogs)

Remember the reserve can be muddy so sensible footwear is advised. You may encounter brambles and nettles – long trousers can be a good idea. In summer, mosquitos can be a problem so an insect repellent is advised. Check the map of the reserve just inside the main gates when you enter to ensure you can easily find your way back to the gate.

You will also find a signing in book, and recording sheets to note any interesting flora or fauna that you see, in the wooden box by the hut door.

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Security

Secure access to the reserve is very important, and our volunteers will be there to make sure the gate is locked after every event. The wood is as safe and secure as it can be but there is always the risk of an unforeseen accident or event occurring which might endanger your safety. We ask all visitors to take sensible precautions including visiting with a companion and bringing a mobile phone with you.