The Great North Wood is one of London’s most valuable Living Landscapes. Once covered in woodland and wooded commons, the area is now made-up of over 20 woodland fragments which are supported by a mosaic of parks and other green spaces, linked by gardens and street trees. The Great North Wood remains a hugely important resource that supports over 200 species of trees and flowering plants including wild garlic, early dog violet and bugle. It’s also home to a multitude of fungi, rare insects, birds and small mammals. The Great North Wood has a critical role for access to nature, London’s resilience to climate change, and for our wellbeing.
The project will begin with an initial nine month development stage which will see London Wildlife Trust working with volunteers, community groups and local councils to raise awareness of the woodlands, find out people’s views about how to improve the woodlands for both wildlife and people and how to enhance the ecological value of the surviving parts of the Great North Wood and places in between. If the first stage is successful, the Trust will seek funding of around £700,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure significant improvements to the Wood, with the aim of providing substantial benefits to London’s woodland environment and the people that live near to it.