Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Updates


Sydenham Hill Wood is a nature reserve managed by London Wildlife Trust. It is part of London’s historic Great North Wood.

Recent Work

Wooden steps are a valuable habitat for fungi and insects, but eventually they become a trip hazard! Volunteers carefully removed two old steps by the footbridge and left them in the woods to continue to rot down before replacing them to start the cycle again!

When too many logs end up in our pond, the extra nutrients they add to the water can harm the delicate balance of life there. So we fish some of them out! Most end up in there from falling off trees, but some are thrown in - please don’t! How timeless does this scene look though!


Mending fences, steps and handrails around the wood is just one of the many things volunteers get stuck in with! If you’d like to get involved, email for more information!


Sometimes we thin out plants like holly and yew to allow more light to the woodland floor. When we do, we use the cut material to create dead-hedges. Sometimes though, where we cut and where we need the hedge aren’t in the same place! Luckily our volunteers are great at teamwork!



Volunteers have been hard at work clearing the Cox’s Walk bridge of mud and leaves. Too bad we forgot a “before” photo! There’s been a bridge here since 1865, and Camille Pissarro painted the view from it in 1871! Look out for out info board in the exact spot it was painted from!


Our volunteers have been measuring our mulberry tree to submit it to London Mulberies! The Morus Londinium project is making a map of all London’s mulberry trees, as they were usually planted for a reason, and finding out why can reveal interesting stories!


Out on a winter walk? Look out for this boardwalk, installed by the Great North Wood project back in the summer to cross a really muddy and waterlogged section of path in our neighbouring Dulwich Wood. Hopefully you’re seeing the benefit now!