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Evening Tree Walk at Sydenham Hill Wood, Wednesday 31 May, 7pm-9pm

Sydenham Hill Wood © London Wildlife Trust

Guided tree walk in Sydenham Hill Wood to uncover the ancient landscape of the Great North Wood.

Join our Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer for a guided tree walk as part of London Tree Week. As one of the largest remnants of the Great North Wood, the Wood has a fascinating range of native tree species which indicate the ancient lineage of the habitats.

By identifying the trees and understanding why they are there, a rich natural and cultural history can be uncovered, pointing to a landscape formed after the Ice Age ended some 10,000 years ago and redrawn over the centuries by human industry and settlement.

The trees of Sydenham Hill Wood provide habitat of metropolitan importance to London, with species like the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, stock dove and tree creeper dependent on the Wood’s populations of sessile oaks to survive.

Need to know

Please wear study footwear fit for uneven paths with gentle inclines, as well as clothing suitable for the conditions.

If there is prolonged heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds the walk will be postponed to a later date.

This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards our work is recommended

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Winter tree ID at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 22 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Sessile oak trees in Sydenham Hill Wood

Sessile oak trees

A London Wildlife Trust guided walk at Sydenham Hill Wood identifying winter trees

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for a guided tour of Sydenham Hill Wood’s winter trees

Sydenham Hill Wood is part of the Great North Wood, a network of woods and commons that once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The Wood is part ancient and is recovering as a nature reserve after the damage done by Victorian development in the mid-late 1800s. Sessile oak and hornbeam are the Wood’s principle species that tell a story of London’s natural history but also it’s development as a city

London’s woods fuelled its early development and today are cherished for their role in providing habitat for wildlife and peaceful refuge for visitors, whilst purifying the air, storing carbon and containing rainwater

By learning to identify trees in winter you can gain ID skills that will help you to deepen your knowledge when they leaf again in spring.

Location:

Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate,
Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk,
Dulwich,
London


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Winter Tree Walk at Crystal Palace Park – Saturday 19 November, 11am-12.30pm

Winter tree walk with London Wildlife Trust

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to explore the fascinating world of trees.

Discover the history of Crystal Palace Park as a part of the once vast Great North Wood and learn how to identify trees in winter by looking at their buds, twigs, bark and other characteristics.

We will be meeting outside Crystal Palace Rail Station. This event is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.


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Tree Walk in Dulwich Park – Saturday 29 October, 10am-12pm

Acorns on an oak tree

Join The London Wildlife Trust for a walk in Dulwich Park

A guided walk looking at the trees of Dulwich Park in partnership with the Dulwich Society and Southwark Council

Dulwich Park is a remnant of the ancient Dulwich Common. Before becoming a park in 1890 it was farmland where the River Effra, one of London’s most well known lost rivers, flowed. Though the park is nearing 130 years of age, it has trees which are much older.

There are a number of old boundary oak trees which mark former parcels of farmland and common land. We will be looking closely at these trees, talking about their significance to us today as relicts of London’s natural and cultural heritage.

Dulwich Park is host to a great variety of trees and the London Wildlife Trust will attempt to identify and discover the stories of as many of the species as we can.

Meet: Inside the College Road gates, Dulwich Park,


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Tall Tree Stories – Telegraph Hill, Monday 30 May – 11am

Celebrate London Tree Week

Celebrate London Tree Week

Celebrating trees in London Tree Week

Fun for the family, but more so for children.  You get to hear about trees, some truths, some fibs, and have fun making up tall stories about them too. Everyone has heard of an ‘old wive’s tale’ or two about a tree – here’s your chance to test your wits and your story telling powers – to discover which stories are tree or false?

60 minute – accompanied children 7+ (siblings, parents and grandparents welcome)

When:Monday, 30 May 2016 from 11:00 to 12:00 (BST) Add to Calendar

Where: The Hill Station – Kitto Road, London, SE14 5TW – View Map