Nature Vibezzz launches woodland history project with wild edibles

12 March 2018

Written by: Nature Vibezzz

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Local not-for-profit company Nature Vibezzz run popular environmental education sessions for young people and are now starting a project for everyone about the history and conservation of Lambeth’s woodland.

Volunteers planting in the woods as part of the Nature Vibezzz Knights Hill restoration project

A free workshop on identifying finding wild plants that can help complement our nutrition and immune systems (keeping in mind a responsible sustainable practice) is the first public event in a new project based in West Norwood. .

Nature and heritage

Nature Vibezzz has been awarded £62,800 funding by Heritage Lottery Fund to run an 18-month community project looking at the natural and historic heritage of Knights Hill Wood and Tivoli Park.

Education

Knights Hill is one surviving fragment of the Great North Wood that once covered swathes of London in oak trees. The site is classed as a Local Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (Local SINC) and through project activities will be a valuable educational resource for local schools and groups. The woodland provides habitat for birds like woodpeckers, blackbirds, robins and wrens, and wild mammals like woodmice and shrews.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic project offering Lambeth’s young people the opportunity to both learn about our local cultural history, and protect the local environment. I would encourage as many young people as possible to get involved and discover the importance of Knights Hill Wood and Tivoli Park.”

Memories, heritage and community

The project title is ‘Memories, Heritage and Community of Knights Hill Woods and Tivoli Park’. The popular Tivoli Park took a direct hit from a high-explosive bomb during the Blitz and Nature Vibezzz hopes local people will share memories including this. There will be many more opportunities to be part of the project including a workshop in partnership with the South London Botanical Institute on the medicinal uses of woodland plants.


 For more information

  • To book a place on the workshop on Wednesday 14 March 1pm to 30pm contact John Cannell at Nature Vibezzz by phone 07984662996 or email
  •  Nature Vibezzz is a not-for-profit company providing free Forest School, environmental education and practical nature conservation sessions, programs, events and community projects in South London. For more information see their information pages or blog
  • For more on the Memories, Heritage and Community of Knights Hill Woods and Tivoli Park’ see their news pages
  • Heritage Lottery Fund: HLF invests money provided by National Lottery Players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. See their news and information pages.

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2 Thoughts on “Nature Vibezzz launches woodland history project with wild edibles

  1. Sue Sheehan says:

    A wonderful project.
    We have a map of community gardens on our website http://www.incredibleedilelambeth.org/map. Click on our Join page and you can enter the details of your garden, ideally with a picture, and then you will be on the map. This will also enable you to be connected other community gardens and be alerted to special offers etc that relevant.

  2. Mrs J Caro says:

    Very sadly the money and efforts being put into Knights Hill woods project are being negated by the local residents who regard this piece of land as a convenient rubbish dump for cans, bottles, chicken and chips boxes etc. They have little or no respect for this ancient woodland. Higher fencing or high walls might be the answer.

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