Wistow wood

Wistow wood - George Barker

Wistow Wood

An old ash woodland with a marvellous habitat for mosses, lichens, fungi and insects



OS Map Reference

TL 296 820
A static map of Wistow Wood

Know before you go

9 hectares

Entry fee



Good paths, two steps at entrance and a narrow bridge in north end


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times except during management work. Please see details below about temporary closure.

Best time to visit


About the reserve

The wood contains evidence of a long history of traditional management. Numerous old ash trees with several stems indicate the past practice of coppicing, where trees were cut at ground level to take a crop of wood and stumps were left to re-grow. Most of the mature trees were removed before the 1920s, but since then the wood has been left to regenerate. The old rotten bases of the trees provide a marvellous habitat for mosses and lichens, fungi and insects. During spring the woodland floor abounds with dog's mercury, bluebells, wood anemones and primroses. The woodland rides have summer flora including meadowsweet and ragged-robin as well as a variety of grasses and sedges.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

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