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Bishops Wood

Bishops Wood - Northwood

38.4 hectares of mixed species woodland that is part ancient semi-natural and part planted ancient woodland sites enjoyed by families, dog walkers and horse riders.

The ancient semi-natural areas are dominated by mixed broadleaf high forest. Species include oak, ash, beech and Scots pine. Minor forest species and woody shrubs include hornbeam, field maple, birch, alder, rowan, hazel, alder buckthorn, guelder rose, holly and hawthorn.

The plantations, were planted between 1965 and 1985, on the ancient woodland sites comprise of Scots pine, Japanese larch, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and beech.

It is proposed to remove the plantations over a period of time in order to revert the plantations back to native woodland in order to maintain and improve biodiversity.

Ancient woodland ground flora exists in places and includes bluebells, wood spurge, spotted orchid, wood sorrel and ragged robin in the wetter areas. Bracken and bramble are locally dominant.

Bishops Wood occupies both sides of a shallow east west orientated valley with a stream running through it, ancient wood banks comprising of hornbeam and mature oak and remnant heathland vegetation.

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.