Historical Highgate Wood was once part of the ancient Forest of Middlesex, before the City of London began administering it in 1886. Archaeological excavations uncovered items of pottery that date back to AD 50-100, when the Romans inhabited the area. Oaks are the predominant type of tree here, and regeneration is encouraged by closing off certain areas to the public to encourage the growth of specific trees and plants. The natural flora wasn’t always this well looked after however, when the City of London first took over they laid down asphalt paths and planted ornamental trees that weren’t suitable for the soil. Bird watchers will find over 70 different species. Animal lovers might be lucky enough to see a fox, hedgehog or a bat, there are also 180 types of moth and 12 types of butterfly, if you’re unsure whether you’ll be able to spot them yourself there are bat watching evenings, moth identification events and even a fungi walk. If it’s the site’s rich history you’re interested in guided historical tours of the park are frequently organised. There is a football pitch, cricket field, playground and café on the premises too. The park is open to the public from 7.30 am till dusk.