Andy Lear surveyed the wood last year and concluded that it is secondary woodland dating from the early 19th century, and that most of the ancient woodland plants have colonized from the deep gulleys. He thinks that the wood was originally parkland, possibly part of the historical Great Easton Park. In addition, the whole wood is underlain with medieval ridge and furrow, indicating an earlier period of cultivation.
We will not be recording flora in the wood, instead we will be visiting to appreciate a fine woodland in spring. It contains some Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia) which may be visible and which we can search for, as it is surprising difficult to see among dense stands of Dog's Mercury (Mercuralis perennis), plus some other woodland plants that are uncommon or scarce in VC55. Unfortunately, we will miss the lovely Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata), as it flowers in July, but why not come back later in the season and search for it?
|Dryopteris affinis (Golden Male Fern) in GMW.|
|Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris)|