Woodlands

Burgess Park has beautiful woodlands which are vital for local wildlife. They are a precious resource in the heart of inner London Southwark. 

We want to protect and enhance the woodlands.

We have launched a fundraising campaign for a woodland report. We are doing this now because of the threat from new developments which will reduce the sunlight and change the ecology.

London Wildlife Trust have told us the Burgess Park woodlands have a special value:

  • The woodlands have ecological value to the broader parkland, reflecting the recognition of Burgess Park’s potential biodiversity value for local people.
  • The significance of the local bat population and the role the park plays in supporting that bat population foraging and the impact of building lighting.
  • The building shading on the ecological area immediately to the north of the proposed development site are not insignificant and may have considerable long-term effects on woodlands, woodland species and pollinators.
  • The cumulative effects from proposed developments along Parkhouse Street.
  • Negative long-term habitat and species impacts on protected and/or priority species.
  • Burgess Park is a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation in Southwark, it is of authority-wide value.

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Read more about the 10 and 11 storey developments planned for Parkhouse Street which will impact the woodlands.

Read Jenny’s blog: Love your woodlands – so much more than lots of trees
She discusses the value of light for woodlands as well as the wildlife to be found there.