Grove Park Nature Reserve, situated across the railway from Hither Green Cemetery, contains a good variety of habitats, including the only substantial area of grassland with a calcareous influence in the borough. These habitats support a wide diversity of plants and animals, including a number of locally rare species. The reserve is greatly appreciated by many local people, whether walking their dogs, picking blackberries and plums, or quietly enjoying a peaceful wild space.  Download a illustrated nature reserve guide.

The site has had a Green Flag Community Award since 2009.

A Management Brief for the site is also available.


The site is landlocked and the main entrance is situated off Baring Road down a footpath called ‘Railway Children’s Walk’.  It is named after the novel ‘The Railway Children’ written by Edith Nesbit who lived adjacent to the reserve.  Grove Park has free open access all year round.  The nature reserve is on the established Green Chain Walk (GCW).  The GCW is a long distance walking route which consists of 10 sections with a number of spurs and links.  It covers over 65 km (40 miles).


To get involved with the Friends Group please contact Jess Kyle or call 020 8314 2119

If you are interested in using the site for Education sessions please contact Jess Kyle.