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Welcome to the Friends of Queen's Wood Website







  • A place to walk the dogs, peace in a busy city and a great place to jog.
  • With the changing seasons there is always something new to see, hear and enjoy.
  • Queen's Wood is an area of ancient woodland in the London Borough of Haringey, which has been continuously wooded since at least AD 1600.
  • Behind the Lodge building is an organic garden overlooked by wood and cafe users.
  • The wood is principally inhabited by oak and Hornbeam. Many birds that have spotted in the wood including crows, magpies, jays, blackbirds, greater spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, blue tits, great tits, robins, tree capers, nuthatches, mallards, song thrushes, wood pigeons, wrens, hawfinches, cuckoos, sparrow hawks, London pigeons and goldcrests.


Fire in the wood!


Proposed flood management scheme

Haringey Council's engineers proposed major engineering works in the Queen's Wood, digging two metre wide channels along existing fragile stream beds and installing large wooden structures intended to slow water flow. These were intended to reduce the risk of flooding downstream from the wood but had no proven benefit to the wood and could spread pollution and invasive species.
The Friends submitted a full response to the Council's consultation on the scheme, making clear our opposition with our reasons. Meanwhile, on 12 July exceptionally heavy rains did lead to damage to the wood and to the flooding of nearby properties, but left serious questions about how far the proposed scheme would have helped. We have submitted a full report to the council on the events and the damage to the wood. The Council have agreed that there is a need to step back from the proposals and have initiated discussions with us in the hope of reaching a consensus. We hope the Council will listen to our representations and will keep members posted on developments by email.

More information on the flood Scheme

2021 Rain Event

Response to consultation on Flood Management Scheme


2021 See more info about the scheme 

Map of Queen's Wood

If you see something wrong in the Wood, ring 999 in an emergency (like an active fire); report anti-social behaviour on 101; or for other issues like fallen trees or dumped rubbish report to Haringey Council on using the map of compartments Click HERE to identify the location of the problem



Our Volunteers

Man raking leaves

The 'Friends of Queen's Wood' is a local voluntary group dedicated to the conservation of Queen's Wood. Membership entitles you to a regular Newsletter, talks, led walks in the Wood, special children's events and information about local conservation and environmental issues. Members can take part in monthly working parties in the Wood.

Our volunteers and committee members do a terrific job cutting back and conservation work including coppicing as well as the regular litter picking. The Committee is made up of local people who love the wood and want to protect it.

Click the button to learn more about us!

Contact Us


Help always wanted!

help wanted 

The Committee always welcomes new members and offers of help.

Working parties take place on the last Sunday morning of each month for up to two hours.


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What people have said:

Glorious carpets of wood anemones in the wood.

Alison Watson

What people have said:

Our working sessions in Queen's Wood are a highlight of the month for me. I love the work - be it building dry wood fences, chopping down holly, clearing goat willow, or even just litter-picking. It all gives me the greatest pleasure.

Penny Sewell

What people have said:

I love to walk in Queen's Wood but after a morning of clearing branches and debris left by tree surgeons I feel some proprietorial pride too. It is fun to work with other volunteers, to be outdoors with purpose.

Linda LeRoy

What people have said:

So many memories - where to begin? early morning walks with three young children, sometimes on their bicycles. hide and seek, playing, dodging behind trees. Sparrow hawks calling in early April. Changing seasons but always something new and fresh. So lucky to have this wonderful space...

Sue Smith
 Visitors from 1 January 2022