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Guided Walk on Horsenden Hill – What makes Horsenden important?

19 June, 2021 @ 2:00 pm



Join nature expert Martin Smith on an interesting and enchanting walk exploring Horsenden Hill.

What will we find on this walk? Horsenden is home to some rare species, here’s a taster to whet your appetite.

  • The plant Dyer’s Greenweed is abundant on Horsenden Hill but rare elsewhere in London. It was used in days of old in the fabric dyeing industry, producing a yellow dye and sometimes mixed with Woad (blue) to make green.
  • Horsenden Wood is a remnant of ancient woodland with a history of at least 400 years of tree cover.  There are around 50 tree species on the Hill, mainly English or Pedunculate Oak and Hornbeam. The stand-out tree is Wild Service Tree. This rare, slow growing tree is an ancient woodland indicator. Horsenden has three mature specimens and many young saplings.
  • Some 29 species of butterfly, some extremely rare, and hundreds of moth species have been identified at Horsenden including the rare White Letter Hairstreak and Brown Hairstreak.


This is a gentle walk and will suit those who are reasonably fit. Regrettably it is not suitable for wheelchair access. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. The pathways may be muddy in parts.

Covid restrictions mean that numbers are limited to five, so booking is essential. The walk cost £5 per person with all proceeds going to the Friends of Horsenden Hill.

To reserve your place, email contact@friendsofhorsendenhill.org.uk




19 June, 2021
2:00 pm
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Martin Smith


Horsenden Farm
Horsenden Farm, Horsenden Lane North
Greenford, UB6 7PQ United Kingdom
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