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Great North Wood spoon carving workshop – Sunday 3 December, 11am-4pm

Spoon Carving © London Wildlife Trust

Learn the ancient art of spoon-carving

Join London Wildlife Trust for a spoon-carving workshop in the Centre for Wildlife Gardening.

You can make your own spoon from wood harvested from the Great North Wood.

The workshop costs £20 per person. All tools will be provided, plus tea and coffee. Suitable for ages 14+. No experience necessary. Booking essential.

To book please purchase a ticket on Eventbrite.

Date and Time: Sunday 3 December, 11am-4pm

Venue Location

Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
East Dulwich,
Greater London,
SE15 4EE

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A History of Sydenham Hill Wood at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Friday 24 November 2017 – 7:00pm8:30pm

Horses removing fallen trees from Sydenham Hill Wood after the Great Storm of 87

Horses removing timber after the storm of 1997

 

A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Join London Wildlife Trust at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening for a talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood.

Sydenham Hill Wood is one of the largest remaining remnants of the Great North Wood, a landscape of woods and commons which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst and has origins in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. The Wood has a fascinating cultural history, with a number of interesting individuals having lived nearby within the Great North Wood. These include John Ruskin, Lord Byron and the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, made famous by The King’s Speech. The former lived in a house which was once a part of Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Wood itself was saved from development in the 1980s resulting in a nature reserve loved and managed by members of the local community, the very people who saved it.

Today London Wildlife Trust volunteers rekindle ancient land management of coppicing, pollarding and dead hedging to aid the regeneration of the Wood’s flora and fauna.

This is a free talk.

Venue location

Centre for Wildlife Gardening
28 Marsden Road SE15 4EE,
Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
Peckham,
Greater London,
SE15 4EE

 

 

 

 


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Great North Wood Walk – Saturday 12 August, 12pm-4pm

2016_04_11 Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

A walk of 6 green miles through the remnants of the Great North Wood

This is the annual Great North Wood walk in  partnership with London Wildlife Trust, the Friends of One Tree Hill, and The Conservation Volunteers.

The walk will is six miles long and will begin at One Tree Hill, passing over the hill down to Brenchley Gardens, Wood Vale, Cox’s Walk, Sydenham Hill Wood, Dulwich Wood, Dulwich Upper Wood and finally to Crystal Palace Park, finishing at the station.

The Great North Wood is an ancient landscape of woods and commons which has remnants in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. Though London has been much developed and altered by human industry and settlement, large tracts of the Great North Wood’s ancient woodland still remains, namely in Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods.

This is a walk of approximately six miles, taking around 3-4 hours with regular pauses along the way to talk about the wildlife and history of each place. Please wear walking boots, bring water, sun hat and sun cream if needed, and clothing suitable for the conditions.

Venue location

Meet at the Friends of One Tree Hill notice board next to the temple, near to the junction of Hengrave Road and Honor Oak Park,
One Tree Hill,
Southwark,
Greater London,
SE23

Contact:  Daniel Greenwood

Tel: 07734 599 728  Email: dgreenwood@wildlondon.org.uk


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Walking-lore: Evening family storytelling in Sydenham Hill Woods, Saturday 3 June, 6pm-8pm

London Wildlife Trust Cox's Walk walking lore Imogen Lee

London Wildlife Trust Cox’s Walk walking lore Imogen Lee

Discover the legends and folktales lurking in the woods. This evening storytelling session will take families on a walking-lore of Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Woods, where we will use our senses as our guide.

Together we will trace the tale of the orphaned Lambeth girl, who lived among the trees and used them to stow away a book which she had written in her own secret language. Along the way, discover the ghosts of the Victorians who cut through the Woods, only for the Wood to fight back and become a haven for wildlife.

This event is being run in partnership with the Greater London Authority as part of London Tree Week supported by the Mayor of London.

This event is free, but booking is essential as space is limited. Please follow the link to book your spot:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-lore-evening-family-storytelling-…

FAQs
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This afternoon session is aimed at families with younger (5+ years) children. Very young children are welcome but there is a fair bit of walking involved, despite plenty of stops.
Is the site accessible to those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately much of the site is not accessible by wheelchair, but please do contact us if you are interested, as we can discuss alternative arrangements.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Buses: 197, 185, 176, P13, P4
Forest Hill Station is a 5 minute bus ride/15 minute walk away
Denmark Hill Station is a 15 minute bus ride away
Parking: Crescent Wood Road

Is there toilet access?
There are no facilities available in the reserve. The nearest public loos are at the Horniman Museum, which is 10 minute walk from where we will be meeting.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

email: dgreenwood@wildlondon.org.uk

phone: 020 7252 9186


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Walking-lore: Afternoon family storytelling in Sydenham Hill Woods, Saturday 3 June, 2pm-4pm

London Wildlife Trust Cox's Walk walking lore Imogen Lee

London Wildlife Trust Cox’s Walk walking lore Imogen Lee

Discover the legends and folktales lurking in the woods. This afternoon storytelling session will take families on a walking-lore of Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Woods, where we will use our senses as our guide.

Together we will trace the tale of the orphaned Lambeth girl, who lived among the trees and used them to stow away a book which she had written in her own secret language. Along the way, discover the ghosts of the Victorians who cut through the Woods, only for the Wood to fight back and become a haven for wildlife.

This event is being run in partnership with the Greater London Authority as part of London Tree Week supported by the Mayor of London.

This event is free, but booking is essential as space is limited, please follow the link to book your spot:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-lore-afternoon-family-storytellin…

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This afternoon session is aimed at families with younger (5+ years) children. Very young children are welcome but there is a fair bit of walking involved, despite plenty of stops.
Is the site accessible to those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately much of the site is not accessible by wheelchair, but please do contact us if you are interested, as we can discuss alternative arrangements.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Buses: 197, 185, 176, P13, P4
Forest Hill Station is a 5 minute bus ride/15 minute walk away
Denmark Hill Station is a 15 minute bus ride away
Parking: Crescent Wood Road

Is there toilet access?
There are no facilities available in the reserve. The nearest public loos are at the Horniman Museum, which is 10 minute walk from where we will be meeting.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

email: dgreenwood@wildlondon.org.uk

phone: 020 7252 9186

 


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New Cross Gate Cutting Open Day – Saturday 28 January, 1pm-4pm

Open Day at New Cross Gate Cutting

Come and explore this beautiful nature reserve which is usually closed to the public.

A secluded area of woodland with small grassy glades, set on the broad slopes of a deep railway cutting, which supports 170 species of flowering plants.  Brockley’s New Cross Gate Cutting is predominantly oak woodland with open glades of neutral and acid grassland in which reeds and tall herbs grow. Some flowers are locally rare, and the site contributes to one of London’s most important railway cuttings for wildlife, stretching southwards to Forest Hill.

The cutting was dug in 1838-39 and still bears the legacy of once being part of the old Great North Wood, and at times the route of the Croydon Canal, brickworks, and wartime allotments.

The site, also known as Brockley Nature Reserve, contributes to one of the most important railway cuttings for wildlife in London.

Location

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR


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New Cross Gate Cutting Workdays

New Cross Gate Cutting -

Volunteer with LWT

The London Wildlife Trust will be running a couple of practical volunteers sessions at their Vesta Road site.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact, Sam Bentley-Toon to book your place.

Dates:

Saturday 21st January 11am-3.30pm
Saturday 18th February 11am-3.30pm

Location:

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR