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As spring turns to summer the colours change to Red and White Campion, Foxglove,
Wild Raspberry and Enchanter’s Nightshade. The woods can become rather overgrown
with Bracken and Bramble at the height of summer, but regular strimming and hacking
by the volunteers keep them in check.
The woodland supports a high diversity of tree species with Oak, Ash and Birch overshadowing
the Hazel, Hawthorn and Willow. Other species include Yew, Sweet Chestnut and Wych
The wetter places are brightened up by Opposite-Leaved Golden Saxifrage among the
ferns, mosses and liverworts. Rushes, sedges and Bulrush tower over the pond sides,
while Water Mint and Starwort provide underwater cover for the frogs, toads and newts.
In spring, before the new leaves are on the trees, the woodland floor is awash with
Bluebells, Wood Anemone and Wild Daffodil. Cuckoo Pint, Primrose and Yellow Pimpernel
emerge as the canopy closes over. Other early woodland flowers include Wood Sorrel,
Snowdrops, Ramsons, Dog’s Mercury, Yellow Archangel and Common Dog-Violet.
Common Dog Violet
The Heather patch offers another colourful place supporting Bell Heather, Ling Heather
and sunny yellow Broom.
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