Philip Dunn-Coldfall Wood
Coldfall Wood, Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill, London N10
Local resident and MA Fine Art student at Middlesex University for whom these woods have been a saviour in the last year. https://www.muswellphil.co.uk/
During the initial lockdown last year, like many other people, Philip was limiting his excursions to very early morning walks in the local Coldfall wood. Unlike other nearby woods, there are very few formal paths and it is to easy walk among the trees away from other people and to feel truly immersed in the changing light, sounds, smells and temperature (even in this small space) of the wood.
Coldfall wood is one of four areas of ancient woodland in Haringey, and while ancient woodland is defined as woods that have existed continuously for 400 years or more, geological findings tell a more ancient story of the land here which lies at the southern extent of glaciation in the British Isles. It was the discovery of rocks in Coldfall wood from much further north in the British Isles that demonstrated that glaciation reached this far south 424,000 years ago.