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Great North Wood Walk – Saturday 15 August 2015 – 12pm – 4pm

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods (Daniel Greenwood)

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods (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, Horniman Nature Trail, 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.

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 Details

Email: Daniel Greenwood
Tel: 07734 599 728

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A History of Sydenham Hill Wood by London Wildlife Trust- Tuesday 11 August 2015 2pm – 3.30pm

Horses removing timber after storm of 1987

Horses removing timber after storm of 1987

A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at Dulwich Library in partnership with Southwark Council

Join London Wildlife Trust at Southwark Council’s beautiful Dulwich Library 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 33 years ago.

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 on behalf of Southwark Council.

Venue Location

Dulwich Library
368 Lordship Lane SE22 8NB ,
Dulwich,
SE22 8NB

Contact Details

Email: Daniel Greenwood
Tel: 07734 599 728