WEST HILL BLOG No. 28 Managing the Wood

The small West Hill copse is the most specie rich area of West Hill. Planted about 30 years ago the wood is densly planted with native species; Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Field Maple, Hornbeam, Cherry, Hawthorn, Wild Pear & Silver Birch.

Winters day in the wood


The ground flora is diverse with Snowdrops, Bluebells, 3 leaved Garlic, Primroses, Dead Nettle & Spring Snowflake.

On cold bright winter days; we, (my trusty volunteer Robin) and I have been beavering away in the wood; removing hung up trees, raising the canopy & creating habitats for insects using fallen & dead branches. 

Volunteer Robin

Future projects will include laying a woodchip path so our learners & others can access the wood and learn about & experience woodland life.  
And ...
Install some hammocks which can be tied between trees, & would be a perfect place to rest & be still & listen to nature.

Snowdrops in the wood