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Grove Wood

Grove Wood - Rickmansworth

0.8 hectares of a mature and over-mature wood containing mostly beech and ash that has suffered much wind-blow damage during the storms of the late 20th century.

However, this has created a wood with good structure and biodiversity value with areas of dense natural regeneration of beech, ash, field maple and wild cherry beneath old trees and within the open spaces. Oak provides a minor component together with other minor species such as horse chestnut. Woody shrubs including hazel, hawthorn and alder make the under-storey. Dog’s mercury is common in the ground layer and hazel in the shrub layer.

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 of 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.