Queen's Wood Local Nature Reserve
Muswell Hill Road, N10.
Green Flag Award
Queen's Wood first won a Green Flag Award in 2015 and has retained it ever since
Queen's Wood Café
Serves organic and veggie dishes, fresh from the community café garden. The café is dog-friendly with toilets.
- Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm
- Sunday, 9am-6pm
- Queen's Wood Café menu (external link)
About your park
Queen’s Wood is an ancient woodland and dates from at least 1600, possibly from prehistoric times. It became a Local Nature Reserve in 1990 and is listed by the London Ecology Unit as a Site Of Metropolitan Importance.
As well as being one of our four local nature reserves, Queen's Wood is also one of four ancient woodlands in Haringey. These woods are thought to be the direct descendants of the original ‘wildwood’, which covered most of Britain about five thousand years ago.
The wood was known as Churchyard Bottom Wood until it was purchased by Hornsey Urban District Council and renamed Queen's Wood in honour of Queen Victoria.
The wood is an ancient oak-hornbeam woodland. Today English oak and occasional beech stand above hornbeam, midland hawthorn, hazel, mountain ash, field maple, cherry, holly and both species of lowland birch. The scarce wild service tree is scattered throughout the wood.
The ground flora is particularly rich for somewhere so close to central London. It includes a large population of wood anemone, native bluebells, wood goldilocks and a thriving population of wood sorrel.
Despite fairly high levels of disturbance, the bird life is diverse and includes all three species of woodpecker. Over one hundred species of spiders have been spotted and a nationally rare jewel beetle is widespread.
Why not join the Queen's Wood Friends Group?
- Works were recently undertaken to address asset repairs - eg to bins, benches, paths, signs, graffiti etc.
- A project is currently being planned with Thames Water, Thames 21, the Environment Agency and others to undertake natural flood management interventions to protect downstream priorities
- A project is currently being discussed with key stakeholders to consider the feasibility of creating an accessible facility suitable for disabled people
For details on how to get to Queen's Wood please see our A-Z of Parks page.