Woods & trees🌳

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Woods and trees are one of my core interests. I aim to explore the historical, ecological and symbolic importance they hold for people. My regional areas of interest are the remnant ancient woods of south London, known as the Great North Wood, southern England including the Sussex Weald, the South Downs, the New Forest in Hampshire, the woods of western Ireland and the mountain and lowland forests of central and eastern Europe. Phew!

I post pieces exploring our relationship with woods and trees, their conservation and wildlife.

I would encourage anyone with an interest in the places I cover to add comments and any further information you may have.

RS2354_Daniel Greenwood Sydenham Hill Wood mushroom 26-11-2017

Sydenham Hill Wood

My understanding of woods was consolidated during my time working for London Wildlife Trust at Sydenham Hill Wood in south-east London. I led over 700 workdays with volunteers and over 150 events with more than 6000 attendees.

I worked at Sydenham Hill Wood across seven years, beginning as a volunteer and taking on the role of Conservation Project Officer 18 months later.

From 2012-2018 I managed a fantastic group of conservation volunteers undertaking habitat management and species monitoring, and led a varied programme of events for the public to enjoy.

Research opportunities were limited to my spare time though I did manage to write articles for local publications. The main focus I developed over my six years in post was the remnant oak trees of south London, which then initiated a personal photography project entitled oaks of London.

During my time in post we developed a larger project called the Great North Wood, which was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to support a 4-year project which runs until 2021.

The Great North Wood is south London’s ancient woodland landscape, much reduced in the past 150 years but still going strong along the clay ridge that runs between the Thames at Deptford and Selhurst.

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6 thoughts on “Woods & trees🌳”

  1. A great thing to see you care so much to preserve the wild! Live in the forest for 6 years of Northern California, and miss the trees, since we moved to Texas in Aug. 2020. There maybe some wild areas in this state, but haven’t been looking for it yet.

    1. Hi Junie, I don’t know very much about Texan landscapes, but I imagine it’s quite hot and dry? I also haven’t been to California but there are lots of redwoods is that right?

      I worked in the woods for 6 years and I take the experience of being close to trees with me wherever I am. It’s not something I want to let go of!


      1. Yes, close to Yosemite Nat. Park (Mid-East of CA are the giant Red woods. Used to go there every year for a week in summer for about 18 years (that’s where I learned watercolor painting). We lived North East of that, close to the Nevada border. We had mostly pines, sugar pines, and California Black Oak on our property. Am homesick for the trees, and I can’t believe this is coming out of my mouth, because for the rest of my life I have and now again, live in the suburbs and city. Texas is hot and humid (lots of mosquitoes). But the culture is more relaxed here, and everything is big:)Yes, don’t let go of your knowledge of trees, it’s so valuable!

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