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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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Winter Bird Walk at Crystal Palace Park – Thursday 10 November, 8am-9.30am

Firecrest, M.D. Parr 2012

Firecrest

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to explore the miraculous world of birds

Discover the history of Crystal Palace Park as a part of the once vast Great North Wood and learn how to identify some of the myriad bird species which inhabit it.

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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Fungi walk at Sydenham Hill Wood, Saturday 19 November, 11am-1pm

Common puffball

A guided fungi walk led by Sydenham Hill Wood fungi expert David Warwick

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Learn about the crucial importance of fungi in our woods and the wider world with Sydenham Hill Wood’s expert David Warwick. Without fungi we could not survive, so dependent are we on its ability to support our trees and wild plants, and to recycle organic matter.

Please note this is not a culinary foraging walk. Information will be given about the effects of consuming mushrooms on the individual and also the ecosystem.

The London Wildlife Trust discourages foraging of wild plants and mushrooms at Sydenham Hill Wood Local Nature Reserve as it is a small, part-ancient woodland in an urban setting with 100,000 visitors each year.

This is a free walk but a minimum donation of £2 is suggested to support our conservation project at Sydenham Hill Wood

Please book to receive meeting location


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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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Great North Wood Walk – Saturday 20 August, 12pm-4pm

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

A walk of 4 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, The Horniman Gardens and The Conservation Volunteers.

The walk 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.

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 four miles, taking around 2-3 hours. Please wear walking boots, bring water, sun hat and sun cream if needed, and clothing suitable for the conditions.

Event 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,
SE23


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Wildflower walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Saturday 26 June, 2pm-3.30pm

Guided walk looking at the diverse plant communities in this urban secondary/ancient woodland.

Red Campion ©Daniel Greenwood

Red Campion ©Daniel Greenwood

Please note booking is essential for this event

Join the Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer and London Wildlife Trust volunteers for a guided wildflower walk. Please note this is not a foraging event. The Wood is a remnant of the once vast Great North Wood which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst, a wildwood that colonised the landscape after the end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

The Wood has undergone much change and disturbance in the past 150 years meaning that the plant communities have changed and adapted to the conditions enforced upon them by man. Many of the Wood’s most common plants are colonisers of disturbed ground. The now closed Crystal Palace High Level railway allowed for the arrival of spectacular plants like rosebay willowherb, which is a mainstay of the Wood’s main glade in summer.

Attendees require no knowledge prior to the walk but an appreciation of conservation and the pressures on urban wildlife are important to bear in mind. Wildflowers are threatened at the Wood by trampling in sensitive areas, nutrification from dog fouling and the impacts of thoughtless foraging. These are all topics which will be discussed during the walk.

For your own safety please wear clothing suitable for the conditions, including sturdy footwear.

If there is inclement weather the walk will be postponed to a later date.

This is a free walk, donations to London Wildlife Trust are welcome.

Event Location

Inside the Crescent Wood Road entrance by the London Wildlife Trust noticeboard,
Sydenham Hill Wood,
Dulwich,
London,
SE26 6LS

Booking Essential