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London Wildlife Trust receive £699,000 funding to revive the Great North Wood

PUBLISHED: 00:01 05 July 2017

Sydenham Wood Hill, Sydenham

Sydenham Wood Hill, Sydenham

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Bromley council will be working in collaboration with the trust over the four year project

The London Wildlife Trust has received £699,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to revive the Great North Wood which stretches from Sydenham to Croydon.

The trust will now work in collaboration with Bromley council and other surrounding councils during the regeneration project.

The funding will enable volunteers and community groups to work, over four years, as part of a scheme to turn the Great North Wood, which once provided timber, charcoal and firewood to London homes and businesses, into a “modern urban landscape”.

Recently the wood has been subject to overuse, fly-tipping, and inconsistent management, but the trust is determined to restore it to its previous status.

Sam Bentley-Toon, Great North Wood project officer, said: “It is an ambitious project that will boost south London’s heritage, encouraging Londoners to value, enjoy and care for wildlife hotspots.”

Stuart Hobley, head of HLF London, said: “This project will protect, enhance, and celebrate the remnant sites, and allow a fantastic number of people to explore this fascinating woodland heritage. We are delighted we can help make this happen.”

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