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
Perivale Library

Access to the reserve

The reserve gates are normally locked but members can borrow a key to the reserve from Perivale Library or the adjacent Cafe Rendezvous, although neither is open on every weekday. The opening hours of the library and the cafe are, however, published on their respective websites:

Photo of Society Membership Card

You need to take your membership card with you to borrow a key and where possible, return it as soon as you leave the reserve. This will help ensure other members aren’t disappointed. All our members are welcome to bring friends and family for a visit to the reserve. We do ask that if you are planning on bringing a large group of six people or more, you let us know (email booking@selbornesociety.org.uk or leave us a message on 07878 594290), as we’re trying to monitor how many visitors we have each year to help us  manage the impact on the wildlife.

Groups

We do require that all organised groups go through our booking process – there’s usually no charge, just a request for donations – but again notifying us helps us make sure that we have the right risk assessments in place and that we know who is using the wood and for what reasons, so we can build that in to our management plan.

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.

Note too that your gate key also opens the door to the visitors’ toilet.

Visitors to the Reserve
Image of reserve gates

Security

Secure access to the reserve is very important, and we would ask you all, when visiting the reserve, to lock the gates after entering, as well as when you leave.

Please don’t allow anyone else to enter while you are there unless they have a key too. 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.