The second walk this month will be on Sunday 17th July. Meet outside Forest Hill station at 2pm for a walk along the railway path to Albion Millenium Green, then over the railway bridge to Dacres Wood nature reserve and finally to Mayow Park.
Albion Millenium Green is a former tennis club which, in the thirty years since its closure ‘has evolved into an ecologically interesting mix of woodland and open spaces, thanks largely to nature, but also the work of volunteers…’ We will have a general tour of the site which has many interesting features.
Next stop on the itinerary is Dacres Wood Nature Reserve which is an attractive mix of wetland and woodland habitats situated in what was once part of the old Croydon Canal. We will explore the reserve with a particular focus on the plant life. Since our last visit, a new bridge has been built over the pond which should also be worth seeing.
We will then walk a little further down Dacres Road and into Mayow Park which was opened in 1877 and named after the owner of the land, Major Mayow Wynell Adams. It has many fine oak trees, some of which were almost certainly field boundary trees. It has a wide range of plants, an orchard and a cafe – which is where the walk will end!
The walk is just over a mile in length and on level ground apart from the railway bridge. The weather forecast at the moment is good and this should be an enjoyable tour of some of the green spaces of Forest Hill and Sydenham.