Time again for our ever-popular annual trip to Perivale to join our friends from west London for a spring day out.
The wood is a peaceful nature reserve, locally famous for its bluebells – peaceful, that is, apart from the drumming of woodpeckers and tweets of feathered origin. Apart from visiting the wood we will take in the Grand Union Canal and, after stopping at the Ballot Box at lunchtime, Horsenden Hill and its viewpoints – about 4 miles in total.
Note that Perivale Wood, as a private nature reserve, has hazards not normally found in public parks. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed in the reserve and the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs. Bear in mind that the path can be quite muddy in places, with planks over streams, tree roots etc. In recent years there has also been a light infestation in the wood of oak processionary moth caterpillars, which start to become active around this time of year, so wear hats, don’t hug trees etc. (forestry.gov.uk/oakprocessionarymoth gives further details of good practices.)
The wood is owned and managed by the Perivale-based Selborne Society. They were formed in memory and honour of Gilbert White, the pioneering naturalist in 1885 and were a pioneering nature conservation group, pre-dating the RSPB by 4 years. They took over Perivale Wood in 1909 when it was in rural Middlesex and Perivale had a population of just 34 people in 7 houses. A donation to the Selborne Society will be invited – £3 per head is suggested. Access is by key – Roger Haines, following in the tradition established by Philip Veasey, has a member’s key and will lead the party.
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Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve
Ealing, UB6 7BE