27 November – Woodland Management at Coldfall Wood

Tuesday 27 November, 10am – 3pm: Woodland Management at Coldfall Wood

Continuing our winter management programme including cutting back invasive goat willow and Himalayan Balsam which is dominating areas of the stream, this will help encourage more diverse wetland plants and create better sight lines near the bridges.

Meet: Middle entrance of woodland, Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill N10. Click here for a map

Ash die back disease

Diseased ash, May 2011 (photo by HermannFalkner/sokol, Flikr. Used under Creative Commons license
Diseased ash, May 2011 (photo by HermannFalkner/sokol, Flikr. Used under Creative Commons license)

As you may be aware, many of our woodland and forest sites are being infected by a rampant disease caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea. Ash makes up 30% of UK’s indigenous woodland and it’s affect could be as dramatic as Dutch elm disease in the 70s and 80s.

Although it consists mainly oak and hornbeam, Coldfall Woods is also home to a variety of other trees including ash, and the public is urged to help in an attempt to map and help prevent the spread of the disease across the country. The AshTag app for smartphones has been recently launched as well as the Forestry Commission’s guide (pdf) to spotting the disease.

Wilting and die-back of foliage, branches and stems are characteristic. There are also signs on the guide above to look out for in winter when the leaves have dropped.

If you think you’ve spotted Ash tree fungus, please send in your sighting at AshTag.org.


As you may have noticed, it’s very muddy at the entrances to the wood from the playing field at the moment.

Please bear with us – Haringey council will be looking into this and laying down woodchip as soon as they can get their vehicles onto the site. Currently it’s too boggy to traverse the field.

In the meantime you may need wellies.