Residents will be able to enjoy improved walking routes at Ruislip Woods after the council bought an extra 30 acres of land in for £88,000.
The council worked with Ruislip Woods Trust to acquire Copse Wood, which will become part of the council-owned Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve.
The new woodland will now be protected from development and important habitats, species and geology will be preserved.
Regular maintenance work will also be carried out by the council’s green spaces team to ensure that members of the public can enjoy the walking routes around the area.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco said: “Ruislip Woods encompasses one of the most extensive oak and hornbeam coppice woods in south east England, and it is imperative that we continue to protect ancient woodlands in our borough.
“Copse Wood is a really important area of land with many species of trees, plants and flowers, and we’re delighted that it will now become part of our nature reserve.”
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