Long Grove Wood
Know before you go
Parking informationFrom the A40, take A355 north, turn right into Longbottom Lane, take the second left into Bayne Hill then the third left into Stable Lane; take a left into Farmers Way and park in the street.
Flat; soft when wet, few roots
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to November
About the reserve
Allowing nature to take its course is the key to managing this piece of the old mixed deciduous woodland. Trees are allowed to grow old, natural glades are created when trees blow over and dead wood is retained where possible for insects and fungi. The wood is dominated by beech and hornbeam. Holly and birch can be found in more open areas where trees have had to be pruned or felled. Ancient and gnarled beech coppice stools (multi-stemmed stumps) testify to prolonged coppicing of the trees in the past. Birds such as the great spotted woodpecker and tree creeper benefit from the tall old trees.
Things to do
Local volunteers occasionally run family events at this nature reserve, such as bug trails and mask making.