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The strange things you find in a river (Part 1)

On a lovely sunny wade through Ladywell Fields the other week, we cam across this chap. We don’t know he is or where he came from – any ideas?

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Any thoughts who he is?

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Great North Wood talk – Woodland industry and the shipyards of Deptford

One Tree Hill - D Greenwood

One Tree Hill © D. Greenwood

Tuesday 2 October 2018 – 7:30pm – 9:30pm

A talk about the history of the Great North Wood and the industries that it supported.

Join London Wildlife Trust at Deptford Folk’s ‘First Tuesday’ series for a talk about the historic wooded landscape that once covered the high ground to the south of the River Thames and how it dominated local industry, including Deptford’s shipyards.

To register a free place at the talk, please use Deptford Folk’s ticketing page.

Location:

Festa sul Prato ,
Folkestone Gardens,
222 Trundleys Road,
Deptford
SE8 5JE


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Great North Wood tree walk at Buckthorne Cutting

Buckthorne Cutting - Fourth Reserve Conservation Trust

Buckthorne Cutting

Sunday 23 September 2018 – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join London Wildlife Trust and the Fourth Reserve Conservation Trust for a guided tree walk around the recently-opened Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve in Crofton Park.

Learn how to identify different tree species, how trees relate to other woodland wildlife, their folklore and etymology, as well as past and current uses for wood and timber.

This walk is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.

Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve
Entrance between Eddystone Road and Brockley Way,
Crofton Park,
SE4 2DE


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New Woodland for Crab Hill in Beckenham Place Park

Trees for Cities write…2018_12 Trees for cities consultation

Trees for Cities is working in partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham to re-establish an area of woodland on Crab Hill in Beckenham Place Park. The woodland will be planted carefully so it does not block visibility. It will bring splashes of colour throughout the seasons and attract bees, birds and butterflies! Local people will also be able to forage the fruits and nuts that grow there.

Trees for Cities are looking for your feedback on this project. Let them know what you think by Monday 1st October 2018. Your comments will help them finalise the design before planting begins in December 2018.

If you do not know where to hand in this form, please contact Jess via email:  or complete the form online.

 


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London Wildlife Trust – Great North Wood Festival

2018_09_09 Great North Wood

The London Wildlife Trust writes…

Join London Wildlife Trust at Sydenham Hill Wood for the first-ever Great North Wood Woodland Festival!

The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history…

Please come and join us on Sunday 9th September, 10am-6pm, for the Festival of the Great North Wood in Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Great North Wood was once a patchwork of wild woods and common ground that covered the low hills between Deptford and Croydon. The woods have largely been swallowed up by the growth of south London, but the Great North Wood lives on in local names (such as Norwood and Honor Oak) and in surviving sections of woodland, which still stand as havens for wildlife and nature.

The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history. Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a series of guided walks throughout the day, led by London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers.

For families there will be storytelling, a woodland treasure trail and the opportunity to learn about wildlife in the woods through pond dipping and bug hunting. There will also be folk and acoustic music, refreshments and a tombola for all to enjoy. Toilets will also be available.

Graphic artist and local resident Tim Bird will also be on hand to discuss his new comic novel The Great North Wood, an innovative retelling of the story of this largely forgotten landscape.

The Great North Wood was very much a working woodland, supporting and supplying local industries such as shipbuilding, tanning and charcoal burning. Woodcraft still survives today, albeit on a much smaller scale, and there will be demonstrations of woodturning and carving for all to learn about these traditional skills.

Sydenham Hill Wood is located between Sydenham Hill and Forest Hill rail stations. It is also close to the Horniman Museum.