Big Wood has existed as woodland for over a thousand years, it has a great variety of trees including a large number of Wild Service Trees, associated with ancient woodland as well as crab apples, two of which are thought to be over 140 years old. Other trees include pedunculate oak, ash, wild cherry, hornbeam, sessile oak, whitebeam, rowan, holly, elder, and field maple. the undergrowth is dominated by ivy, yellow archangel, bluebells and guelder roses. As a relatively isolated patch of woodland, it attracts large numbers of birds now rarely seen in the rest of London, particularly owls and the green woodpecker.
Have I mentioned Big Wood is right behind my house? it is now officially my favourite playground :)