Owned by the National Trust, the wood is remnant of ancient pasture woodland, once part of a large Elizabethan Deer Park. It is dominated by unusually shaped 400 year old veteran oak trees which are home to rare lichens and beetles.
The Wood, which lies in a small valley below Bury Ditches Hill Fort and is protected from extreme weather and pollution, is now under active management after years of neglect. Bluebell, primrose, violet and sorrel carpet the wood in springtime and it is a haven for much wildlife.
The “Walking for Pleasure” leaflet can be downloaded from www.bishopscastle.co.uk.
Contact: The National Trust, Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton on 01694 723068.