Future Events

Friends of Jubilee Country Park -Talk on Orangutans by Ashley Leiman 27th February 2020

This looks like a fabulous talk.

Ashley Leiman who founded  the Orangutan Foundation in Borneo and Sumatra – learn about the work that is being done to ensure the survival of this critically endangered species Thursday 27th February 2020 at 2pm –

The Garden Room,

St. Augustine’s Church,

Southborough Lane, Bromley BR2 8AT

020 FoJCP Orangutans Feb 27 Amended poster

Please see this website at

Regular Events:

walk pic1Walk for HealthThe Friends of Darrick & Newstead Woods lead a walk every Wednesday at 14:00.  This is a circular walk around the semi-natural ancient woodland, seasonal ponds and wildflower meadows of Darrick and Newstead Woods Local Nature Reserve.The walk begins and ends at the cricket pavilion on Tugmutton Common, just off Starts Hill Road, and takes about an hour.  Every walk has a fast and slow group, in order to accommodate all levels of fitness.  The walk is led by volunteers from the Friends of Darrick and Newstead Woods and is part of the Walk for Health scheme, overseen by the Ramblers Association and McMillan Cancer Research.  The walk has a friendly atmosphere and a lot of the walkers go into Locksbottom for a drink and chat, after we’ve finished.  No booking is required and everyone is welcome!An extended walk to the Green Roof Café at High Elms Country Park is led on the last Wednesday of every month – this walk (including a stop at the café) takes approximately two hours.The Friends are currently looking for additional volunteer walk leaders.  A new volunteer would only have to commit to leading a walk once every three weeks (less if we can get more than one volunteer!).  The Ramblers Association and Macmillian Cancer Support run a one day training course for all new walk leaders.  If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact us at


Orpington Field Club

The Orpington Field Club arranges a number of nature walks locally and further afield, as well a programme of indoor talks throughout the Autumn and Winter months at BEECHE, High Elms, off Shire Lane, Farnborough.  Non members are always welcome. This is their website if you would like more information.


The Six O’ Clock Club

Xmas Morning 2014 (3)

If you want some exercise in the morning, there is a get together of dog walkers at 6:00am  in Darrick and Newstead Woods.  The length of walk and meeting place can vary, for more information contact Ian Foyle on





Past Events:

Kenniston Day 2014The Friends of Darrick & Newstead Woods had a stall at Darrick Wood Community & Fun Day run by the Kenniston Housing Association on the 17th September 2014.  Here is a picture of the Friends honourable secretary Janey (left) and Paula the Friends Botanical Artist and photographer taking a break, to learn new skills .  Wonderful, I can’t wait to see what they get up to next and yes those plates really are spinning.

Keston Countryside Day

by Stella Geddes

Picture1Picture2Once again the Friends of Darrick and Newstead Woods enjoyed Keston Countryside Day on Sunday June 28th.  After a damp start the sun broke through and our stall had a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon. The Guess the Weight of the Cake competition was a great success and sales of Scottish tablet, cards and plants added to the money raised.


A good variety of organisations took part with everything from the local foods to local history on offer and of course, a great deal of information about the surrounding countryside and wildlife it supports. Music from the Keston Primary School Band and traditional dancing from the Ravensbourne Morris Men Picture2Keston Day 2014 Photo 2and Eltham College’s Morris Minors kept the visitors entertained. We were happy to put some of the unsold bric-a-brac to use to help the Morris Men out on finishing the beer barrel as you can see from the picture.


Thanks to all who contributed their time and effort to make the day so enjoyable and successful.