Sydenham Hill Wood
Sydenham Hill Wood was given the UK-MAB
Urban Wildlife Award for Excellence in 1997
Managed by the London Wildlife Trust it is the
largest fragment of the Great North Wood which once stretched from Deptford
to Selhurst. The site also includes Victorian garden from villas built
in the 1870s. The site was saved from partial development after a local
campaign and is very popular with local people.
A footpath winds through the wood following the track of the old railway
line and a footbridge passes over the remains of the track. From this
bridge the impressionist painter Camille Pissaro painted a view of Lordship
Lane Station (below). There are many other attractions within the wood,
such as a ruined monastery, ponds and wooden sculptures by local artists.