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Which Way Dulwich Woods, London, UK.
Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense. ISO 400, 1/100th sec exposure, f/5.6 aperture, 44mm, Aperture Priority, Matrix Metering, Handheld.
Don’s Photography Blog
At the edge of Dulwich woods and the bridge bordering Sydenham Woods there stands a Green Chain Way Marker. These appear all over London in significant places.
The Story Begins Back in 1977 four London Boroughs and the Greater London Council got together to create ‘The South East London Green Chain’. Today there are nearly 300 Green Chain open spaces which include some of the finest landscapes in South East London and cover an area seven times as large as the City of London itself. That’s the same as about 2500 football pitches!
Protecting Our Environment
Creating the Green Chain has helped to protect and improve our open spaces so helping to prevent further building taking place. Green Chain representatives from the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark work hard behind the scenes to ensure that our open spaces and the wildlife they attract will be around for us all to enjoy, both today and in the future.
Background to Green Chain Policy
Our Green and Pleasant Land
On the Green Chain you will discover everything from allotments and school playing fields through to the splendour of ancient woodlands and majestic park lands. You can picnic in flower filled meadows, stroll through formal gardens or even visit a farm just 7 miles from the City!
Wildlife The Green Chain plays host to an abundance of wildlife so if you’re quiet and keep your eyes peeled who knows what you might be lucky enough to see! Squirrels, voles and foxes are Green Chain regulars, as are woodpeckers and jays, and don’t be too surprised if you catch sight of the odd, ring necked parakeet – a permanent guest from more exotic lands!
Step Back in Time The Green Chain is steeped in history. Tread in royal footsteps as you cross the moat bridge at Eltham Palace. Pass through Shooters Hill and woods that were once the hideout of Dick Turpin and his partners in crime. Gaze upon the Jacobean splendour of Charlton House or let your mind rebuild the ruins of Lesnes Abbey. Marvel at the tropical delights of Avery Hill’s glass Winter Garden or hunt for dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park. Then again, if it’s modern history that interests you, why not visit the largest flood barrier in the world and learn how and why it was built – that’s history in the making!
Be A Sport For the more energetic amongst us the Green Chain is just perfect. Whether it’s a Sunday morning run, kicking a ball around with the kids or getting lost on an orienteering course, you can do it all on the Green Chain. In fact, whatever your sport and whatever your standard, the Green Chain has something for you: golf, tennis, soccer, athletics, rugby and even swimming.
But don’t forget, you don’t have to be Superman or Wonderwoman to do yourself some good- even a simple stroll is great for your health!