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Pheasants & Solomons Wood

Pheasants and Solomons Woods - Chorleywood

18.6 hectares of mixed broadleaved ancient semi-natural and planted ancient woodland site (PAW) providing important visual and noise screening function from the M25.

Solomons Wood

5.2 hectares of mature ancient semi-natural wood containing predominantly beech, hornbeam, oak, ash and sycamoreCherry and field maple can be found throughout the lower elevations with scattered birch and Scots pine on the upper ridge. Rowan hazel, sweet chestnut, rhododendron, bramble and holly can all be found in Solomons Wood. The ground layer comprises dog’s mercury, bluebells, wood melick, coralroot bittercress and ivy.

Pheasants Wood

Mixed mature beech and hornbeam, ancient woodland site bisected by the M25. The eastern part comprises mature beech and sycamore with oak and ash. Minor forest species including birchhazelhawthorn and holly comprise the under-storey. Rhododendron and cherry laurel have become well established and dominant in places, particularly along the boundary to the M25. Mature beech dominates the northern boundary with a remnant yew avenue forming part of the under-storey.

The Council is aiming to gradually remove all of the sycamore from this woodland. Sycamore is an introduced species which once established grows much more quickly than native species which means that the local biodiversity is detrimentally affected. Cherry laurel and rhododendron are also invasive exotic species which the Council aims to eradicate from the woodland.

Deer and rabbits are present in all woods. Roe deer and muntjac deer are locally common and there is evidence of deer browsing of young tree seedlings. Control of deer is not considered to be necessary at this time although browsing on the tree regeneration will require monitoring.

To learn about other woodland sites Three Rivers District Council is responsible for either visit the TRDC’s website or download the Woodland Management Plan.