Families learn about the ancient secrets of Highgate Wood at heritage day

Children clambered through an obstacle course in the trees while their parents enjoyed traditional arts and crafts at the Highgate Wood Heritage Day.

Visitors learned about the ancient woodland and how it was historically managed at various stalls, with Joseph Bloor demonstrating how to make a chair with wood from one of its oak trees.

Kids also got closer to nature by climbing on nets suspended in the wood.

Michael Hammerson, vice-president of The Highgate Society, spoke about the 28-hectare wood’s history at his own stand.

He said: “[The event] does generate quite a lot of interest. There was quite a range of historical and ecological groups.”

More than 500 people attended and got to see a dog show as part of the annual day.

The Highgate Neighbourhood Forum and The Highgate Society also had stands at the event, organised by the City of London Corporation.

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And Iain Loasby showed visitors how to work his mobile charcoal burner.

Jonathan Mears, the Corporation’s Highgate Wood manager, said: “All the stallholders agreed it was a very successful day with lots of interest.”