Please note the wood is currently closed for management work. It will re-open soon. Please see below for details.

A fragment of typical ancient woodland where flora can flourish

Location

Weston Colville
Newmarket
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 626 527
A static map of Lower Wood

Know before you go

Size
9 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Muddy in winter

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring 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   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
County Wildlife Site

Location map

Lower Wood management work