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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


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,

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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,
SE26 6LS

Booking Essential

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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

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Spring walk at Dog Kennel Hill Wood and Green Dale – Sunday 24 April, 10.30am-12.30pm

Discover London’s urban wildlife during a walk at two very special and lesser-known green spaces

Comma ©John Walsh

Comma ©John Walsh

Join us for a guided walk of this these fantastic urban wild places in conjunction with the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood and Friends of Green Dale.

These much-loved urban green spaces support a wide variety of wildlife: house sparrow, green and great spotted woodpeckers, wren, robin, song thrush, blackcap and chiffchaff amongst others, as well as an array of butterflies, bumblebees and wildflowers.

Event Location

Picnic bench next to Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood noticeboard.
Dog Kennel Hill Wood & Open Space
East Dulwich,
Greater London


Tree Walk at Crystal Palace Park – Saturday 27th February 2016, 11am-12.30pm

Sessile oak trees (D. Greenwood)

Sessile oak trees (Daniel Greenwood)

Guided tree walk in one London’s most famous parks

Join London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk of Crystal Palace Park and delve into the ancient woodland history of the Great North Wood. As a relic of the Great North Wood, Crystal Palace Park has a rich natural and cultural history. It was Penge Common until 1827, a 500 acre common with ancient woodland and grassland that took in Anerley

Penge is a Celt word meaning ‘the end of the wood’

The oak tree is the symbol of the Great North Wood and many can be found at Crystal Palace

There are also a number of non-native, ornamental trees which tell a story of their own about the history of the park

Where: Crystal Palace rail station, Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace
When: Saturday 27th February 2016, 11am-12.30pm
Cost: Free