by Sandra Lawson (reproduced from Weekend Notes)
No Teddy Bears Picnic in Coldfall Wood
Winter, especially February, can seem pretty bleak. We start to anticipate the arrival of spring and wish the trees would hurry up and grow some leaves to cover their bare branches. It can also be difficult to identify different varieties of trees when they are not in leaf. If you are within easy reach of Muswell Hill you can take an opportunity to get out into the open air and learn how to identify bare-leafed trees on 23 February when the Friends of Coldfall Wood and Muswell Hill Playing Fields will be organising a Winter Tree Walk.
The Wood is now a mere half of its former size and is bounded by the East Finchley public allotments and the St Pancras and Islington Cemetery. Among the tree species to be found there are Hazel Beech and Mountain Ash. It is one of London’s ‘Flagship Woods’ and part of the ‘Capital Woods Project’. It has also been identified as an ancient wood and provides evidence that glaciation once reached as far as southern England. Now you’ve had the history lesson, it’s time to head to Coldfall Wood for the botany lesson and learn how to identify those trees that have no foliage.