The broad definition given to the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest is a green lung in the centre of London stretching from the woodland around the Imperial War Museum in the north west, St Mary’s Churchyard in the south west to the SINC of Victory Place Park in the south east and the tree lined boulevard of New Kent in the north east. At the heart of the forest are the trees planted within the old Heygate Estate (half of which will survive in the new Elephant Park since the estate’s demolition during 2013-2014). This secret woodland, hidden for forty years behind the slabs of high rise social housing. These trees were mostly planted in the early 1970s using mature specimens. The Elephant and Castle Urban Forest was a hidden antidote to the dominant spectacle of the district that comes from the busy dual carriageways, viaducts and high rise buildings that dissect the area and one this campaign has hopefully helped to make more welcoming to more people in its future reduced form.

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