The Woodland Walk in Weavers Fields will see a number of enhancements over the next few months, thanks to funding secured by the Council.
The largest woodland walk in the borough (and probably the second largest woodland after Cemetery Park), the site is used by the local schools for forest schools, and is popular with dog walkers and nature lovers. It’s a great place to escape from the urban surroundings, and the Parks Service hopes that the improvements will encourage more visitors to enjoy this peaceful haven.
The proposed improvements for visitors include additional natural seating, new signs, woodland walk signs, “living tee-pee” trees and, hopefully, willow arches at the entrances. Habitat enhancements will include planting of bulbs and Black Poplar trees, and the creation of a scrape – a smaller version of the one in Mile End Park’s ecology park.
More ambitious plans in the future could include turning part of the site into wet willow and alder woodland, a nationally important habitat, as part of a sustainable drainage scheme to prevent flooding of nearby roads and footpaths.