Urban Ecology Walk and Workshop – Trees in Winter

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26th February 2017 @ 13:30 – 15:00 Europe/London Timezone
Stave Hill Ecological Park
Timber Pond Rd, London SE16 6AX

Urban Ecology Walk and Workshop – Trees in Winter

Winter reveals the bones of the park, a mosaic of habitats created on rubble infill in 1986. As part of the programme 30 years of Urban Ecology at Stave Hill in Docklands, there will be a workshop and walk with Rebeka Clark on Sunday 26th February.

The walk focuses on trees: their management by coppicing, hedge laying and planting, how to identify them by their buds and bark, an ecological succession.

Meet at the SHED, Stave Hill Ecological Park, Timber Pond Road, SE16 6AX


Winter Trees Walk and Workshop

About the project

Stave Hill is the successor to the William Curtis Ecological Park set up by Max Nicholson and the Ecological Parks Trust – later the Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE) – at Tower Bridge in 1977. It is a direct continuation of the UK’s, and arguably the world’s first urban ecology park.

Stave Hill was established on derelict former dockland in 1986 and comprises a varied collection of micro-habitats created from scratch on landfill and rubble. Over 30 years it has become a vital green space and a centre for ongoing ecological research and action in an increasingly dense urban area.

SoundCamp is an ecological and acoustic project which has been based at Stave Hill since 2014. Our residency comprises research, workshops and documentation coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Park in 2016. Further resources are added to this site as the project continues.


Urban Ecology by TCV

The Trust for Urban Ecology  (TRUE) was founded in 1976 when veteran ecologist Max Nicholson and a group of like-minded conservationists set up Britain’s first urban ecology park. The William Curtis Ecological Park was created on the site of a derelict lorry park near London’s Tower Bridge.

Max Nicholson was also instrumental in setting up the World Wildlife Fund and became the 2nd Director General of the Nature Conservancy Council. A visionary for his time he foresaw the need to bring nature conservation into towns where we live and where people can make a difference.

The William Curtis Ecological Park was always intended to be temporary and in 1985 the land was returned to its owners. By this time, the Trust for urban Ecology had already created two new nature parks, which it still runs today as part of TCV. Work on the third, offered to the Trust as a replacement for the William Curtis Ecological Park, was just about to begin.

The three key parks in Southwark – Stave Hill Ecological Park, Lavender Pond and Dulwich Upper Wood – are all designated local nature reserves (LNRs) and have a full time warden. Two are based in the built up area of the former Surrey Docks in London’s Docklands, once the centre of Britain’s timber trade. The third is based a few miles away in Crystal Palace.

In 2002, TRUE took on the management of the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park in the London Borough of Greenwich. Owned by English Partnerships and now by the Land Trust, this wetland ecology park has two full time wardens.

TRUE became a fully integrated part of The Conservation Volunteers in April 2012.  The same wardens and staff still work on the key sites as the Urban Ecology section of TCV.

TRUE’s parks continue to play an important part in the world of ecology and conservation

  • They provide a new habitat for urban wildlife

  • They enable ecologists to discover more about the nature of urban ecology

  • They offer city residents, including schoolchildren, the chance to enjoy nature and learn through hands-on experience

  • They demonstrate the value of ‘creative conservation’ – an ecological approach to the creation of new landscapes

  • They provide examples of best practice and key demonstration sites, which have been acknowledge as far afield as Japan and Korea




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