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Life in SE23 - Dacres Wood Open Day – help us get to know our trees!
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28-04-2016 10:47 AM

We’ve got our April open day coming up this Saturda, April 30th – 1.00 pm to 4.00, so everyone welcome to have a look round. The reserve is looking very spring like, but the paths are still flooded. We can lend wellies, and in kids sizes too.

(If you don't know where we are, we’re at the end of Honeyfield Mews, but so far unadopted by LB Lewisham, so there's nothing to say that when you get there. It's a drive off Dacres Road, Forest Hill, just past Catling Close on the right coming from Forest Hill, just before on the left if coming from Sydenham. Here's a link to us on Google Maps)

We’re also planning a tree identification and measuring activity which will help us get a proper map of our trees for the first time, and an idea of how old some of them are.

We’ve roughly divided the reserve up into 12 regions – see this map – and made a list of which of the total 17 species in the woods that we’ve spotted in each of them. We’ve also noted where the really huge trees are which will need two people – parent and child? – to get a tape measure or just some string round them.

We’re still working on details, but we hope our visitors will come away with bark rubbings and leaf prints where feasible (some of the trees are surrounded by water!), and we get the girths of our trees measured, from which we can start working out how old they are. If you leave contact details, we’ll be able to get back to you with the results, and where your trees are on this map!

By the way … here’s another date for your diary: Friends of Mayow Park will hold a family-friendly tree event around Mayow Park on Sunday 5th June. For more information email

This post was last modified: 28-04-2016 10:48 AM by dacreswood.

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