Lesnes Abbey Woods in Bexley has been chosen to be part of a nationwide group of ancient woodlands, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth ll’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy has announced the group of 70 ancient woodlands and 70 ancient trees across the United Kingdom, which will form part of the ancient canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Lesnes Abbey Woods was a working wood when it was opened as a public park in the 1930s and is now managed by the London Borough of Bexley, with support from local volunteers.

The Bexley woodlands include fossils where around 50 species of mammal have been recorded, along with sharks, crocodiles, and early birds.

In March, Lesnes Abbey Woods was believed to have the largest display of wild daffodils in southeast England.

In April and May, the woods are transformed by a carpet of native bluebells.

Six wooden sculptures by Tom Harvey can be found among Lesnes Abbey Woods, as well as the sculpture, Data Tree, by Artist Jonathan Wright.

The Queen’s Green Canopy was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Established over hundreds of years, the chosen woodlands and trees represent the diverse canopy of the four nations, a celebration of our living heritage.

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