Please note the wood is currently closed for management work. It will re-open soon. Please see below for details.
Know before you go
Muddy in winter
Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitspring and autumn
About the reserve
Woodland management work
Essential tree felling to remove dead and diseased trees is being conducted in the woodland. These works, agreed with the Forestry Commission, should only take a few days and we anticipate finishing soon. The woodland is closed during this period for safety reasons due to the use of heavy machinery. As well as a response to ash dieback, a fungal disease affecting ash trees, this work is also part of our general woodland management that will improve the woodland structure for a range of wildlife.
We apologise for any inconvenience. Please see the map below for details of the area that will be closed.
Earlier in the year we appealed for donations with our Tough Love appeal, which raised funds for large scale conservation projects like this. Thank you to everyone who has supported our ongoing work to improve habitats for wildlife.
About the reserve
Lower Wood is a fragment of typical ancient woodland with flourishing populations of woodland flora including bluebells, oxlips and early-purple orchids in the spring. In the summer purple drooping flowers of water avens and delicate blue speedwells line the woodland paths. Autumn or winter walks through the wood reveal different types of fungi including velvet shank with its yellow cap and velvety brown stem.
There is a work party at this site. If you are interested in getting involved please look at the work parties page for more information