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REMINDER: Great North Wood Walk

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Sunday 15 April:  a six mile walk through remnants of the Great North Wood, which once ran from Deptford to Selhurst.  Meet at the Rookery Café on Streatham Common, SW16 3BT, at 12 noon, and finishing at Crystal Palace station.  Booking not necessary, but donation of £2 appreciated, to be shared between the London Wildlife Trust and the South London Botanical Institute.  Most of the walk will be on hard surfaces, but be prepared for some muddy patches; numerous opportunities to drop out and catch a bus.

Report:  Approximately 90 people gathered and set out from Streatham Common to spend four hours walking through remnants of the Great North Wood to Crystal Palace.  People from the London Wildlife Trust explained the significance of the Wood and what they were doing to try and enhance the biodiversity in what remains of it.  Plants which we saw and discussed included hazel (Corylus avellana), ramsons (Allium ursinum), cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – which the LWT considers invasive and is trying to eradicate – and a dog’s-tooth violet (Erythronium, probably ‘Pagoda’) which had been planted and was apparently becoming naturalised.  We were informed that the last got the name ‘dog’s tooth’ because its root tubers resemble a dog’s tooth, but we did not discover where the ‘violet’ came from.

Image:  dog’s-tooth violet, Grangewood Park, London Borough of Croydon.

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