Dead Wood

Fallen decaying wood is important to the woodland. As it decays insects and fungi help recycle the nutrients back into the soil.

Leaving fallen wood in place and not removing it is an important part of woodland management. This decaying wood is a popular home for Fungi and Lichens which help support woodland life.

A popular recycler is the woodlouse (common rough or pill woodlouse), these crustaceans munch through almost anything recycling the nutrients. If you carefully lift any rock or stump you’ll probably catch a glimpse of them. The pill woodlouse can be identified by the way that it rolls into a tight ball when disturbed.

This QR Code is part of our Woodland Trail

High-rise development threatens Burgess Park’s precious woodlands.
Support our Crowdfunder to allow us to assess the impact & challenge the plans.

Burgess Park has beautiful woodlands which are vital for local wildlife. They are a precious resource in an urban area. We fear that plans for tall buildings on the edge of the woodlands will reduce the sunlight and change the habitat. 

We need to fully understand what impact tall buildings would have.
Help us raise funds for an independent wildlife report that we can present to Southwark’s Planning Committee. We want to raise £3000 by the end of May 2021.

See our Crowdfunder for more info.

Help protect our Metropolitan Open Land – one of the final pieces of the Burgess Park Jigsaw

On the west edge of Southampton Way Woodland at the entrance to Burgess Park is an area of derelict land used for what was supposed to be temporary scrap-yards & car-washing.

This land has been designated as part of the protected Metropolitan Open Land of Burgess Park for over 30 years, as the council steadily CPO’d (Compulsory Purchased) the various bits of privately owned land, designated to be the park for local people, in the original Abercrobie Plan after WW2.

This is one of the final pieces of that precious jigsaw.

However, a developer has bought an option on the site & are suggesting up to a 6 storey residential tower-block on this entrance to the park.

The council had promised to CPO the site but has yet to implement the promise.

Find more information and sign the petition below.

Read our woodland blog over at Friends of Burgess Park