This beautiful natural area hosts twining ridges of oaks that encircle a densely vegetated swamp. As one of the largest, undeveloped areas in Mattapan, Gladeside Urban Wild is a significant asset to the local community. One trail currently stretches from Lorna Road to Gladeside Avenue, while a second trail is being constructed along the West Selden Street border. Both the upland and lowland portions of this site are ecologically rich. The upland ridges host a variety of oaks, birch, hickory, and pine, while the lowland area bursts with sweet pepperbush, alder, and bayberry. Invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed and barberry, have significantly intruded in areas. However, they have not yet compromised the wild's ecological integrity. Composed in part by a wetland, the wild also provides the ecological functions of flood storage, water filtration, and wildlife habitat.