The Friends of Wanstead Parklands were delighted to be invited to curate the 2015 summer exhibition at The Temple, and chose to celebrate the natural aspect of the park with a display of images of its flora and fauna. Continue reading The natural aspect of the Park as seen by local photographers
The native fauna and flora of the British Isles has been augmented by introductions over many centuries. Some trees like the Sycamore and the Sweet Chestnut arrived many centuries ago and have become integrated into our landscapes.
Other aliens are more recent arrivals with a few being perceived as invasive species. One of these is the purple flowered Rhododendron ponticum which produces viable seeds and spreads some distance from its introduced sites.
Wanstead Park was added to Epping Forest in 1882 and is protected under the terms of the Epping Forest Act of 1878. The Park is a Grade II* listed landscape with a chain of lakes dug out some 300 years ago. There are woodlands and grassy areas with some scrubby patches, all of which provide shelter, food and nesting sites for many creatures. Continue reading Wanstead Park: a biodiversity hotspot
Its not many years ago that cows used to roam freely around our patch. This short sequence shows kids and cows meeting in Bushwood, perhaps for the first time, to the consternation of both!