Older than the Domesday Book
The West Cambridgeshire Hundreds are a collection of wildlife rich ancient woodlands in an area defined for over 1000 years by the old Anglo-Saxon regional divisions known as the Cambridgeshire Hundreds. Historical records show that some woods like Hayley Wood are older than the Domesday book and may go back much earlier. Our vision for this area is a landscape of connected woodlands where wildlife can move freely between.
The West Cambridgeshire Hundreds are a cluster of ancient woodlands situated on heavy boulder clay soils – perfect bluebell territory. A hundred is an old regional division used by the Anglo-Saxons. It's thought the word 'hundred' came from an area of land that could supply 100 men at arms in times of war. The old county of Cambridgeshire was still divided into hundreds until the nineteenth century, although it's military origin had long since fallen into disuse.
Project work will include reinstating traditional coppicing and widening paths providing more light for ground level species like wildflowers, invertebrates and the larger animals they support. The project partners are also working together to connect these special woodlands using wildlife corridors like hedgerows, tree belts and flower-rich field margins. By connecting them together we'll create a Living Landscape that allows wildlife to move freely from wild place to wild place.
This is a joint project between the Wildlife Trust, local landowners, The Woodland Trust, the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, Woodfuel East and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group. The support and enthusiasm of landowners is essential to the success of our work. test
Find out more about the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Check out the website for Warseley Wood run by our dedicated Warden @GrahamMoorby.
Scheme area: 20,000 Ha