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Queen's Wood

Queen's Wood

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Location

Address
4 Connaught Gardens
Postal Code
N10 3LB
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City
Main city or town, IE London

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About Park Group
Queen’s Wood is an ancient woodland and dates from at least 1600, possibly from prehistoric times. It became a Local Nature Reserve in 1990 and is listed by the London Ecology Unit as a Site Of Metropolitan Importance.

As well as being one of our four local nature reserves, Queen's Wood is also one of four ancient woodlands in Haringey. These woods are thought to be the direct descendants of the original ‘wildwood’, which covered most of Britain about five thousand years ago.

The wood was known as Churchyard Bottom Wood until it was purchased by Hornsey Urban District Council and renamed Queen's Wood in honour of Queen Victoria.

The wood is an ancient oak-hornbeam woodland. Today English oak and occasional beech stand above hornbeam, midland hawthorn, hazel, mountain ash, field maple, cherry, holly and both species of lowland birch. The scarce wild service tree is scattered throughout the wood.

The ground flora is particularly rich for somewhere so close to central London. It includes a large population of wood anemone, native bluebells, wood goldilocks and a thriving population of wood sorrel.

Despite fairly high levels of disturbance, the bird life is diverse and includes all three species of woodpecker. Over one hundred species of spiders have been spotted and a nationally rare jewel beetle is widespread.
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Queen's Wood is a 52-acre (21 hectare) area of ancient woodland in the London Borough of Haringey, abutting Highgate Wood and lying between East Finchley, Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End. It was originally part of the ancient Forest of Middlesex which covered much of London, Hertfordshire and Essex and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It is now one of three Local Nature Reserves in the London Borough of Haringey. It is situated a few minutes' walk from Highgate tube station.
Queen’s Wood is an ancient woodland and dates from at least 1600, possibly from prehistoric times. It became a Local Nature Reserve in 1990 and is listed by the London Ecology Unit as a Site Of Metropolitan Importance.

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