New Elephant & Castle Urban Forest website and blog launched

Following the recent visioning event, a new blog has been launched highlighting the secret woodland of the Elephant & Castle Urban Forest. For decades 450 majestic trees have been thriving hidden behind the towering slabs of the Heygate Estate. Glimpses of the woodland can be seen by outsiders along the bustling New Kent Road and on the northern corner of Walworth Road.

Today most of this mature forest is a sheltered and verdant semi-wilderness thriving in between the remains of the almost empty Heyate Estate. In clearings guerrilla gardeners have established new allotments and in the old playgrounds people still congregate. This forest has entered an exciting new phase of its life.

The website, with links to the blog, is here:

A range of events are planned to celebrate the forest:

Full Moon Feast in the Forest Saturday 13 August 2011 at 7pm
Bring food and friends, rugs, trestles… we’ll be feasting in the forest. Entrance via Heygate Street then follow the signs to the glade we’re in. Find out more at the Facebook event here or contact Richardfor more details.

Guided Forest Strolls Every Saturday at 11am for about an hour.
Meet at The Coronet on New Kent Road – Contact Guy for more details

Allotment Gardening – Contact Adrian for more details

More coming soon.

Within the forest (Photo © Reem Akl)


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