HINDE COMMON WOOD
Formerly known as 'The Brushes', the woodland is first described in a document of 1637. From this evidence and from its location on a steep slope, Hinde Common Wood is believed to be an ancient woodland, in other words, one that is at least 400 years old.
The woodland on the site is semi-natural and broadleaved. It is dominated by Oak and Sycamore and also has a significant number of Beech and a few Ash. The trees vary in age from young saplings to mature trees. In the northern part of the wood, there is a considerable amount of Oak regeneration along with some regrowth of Elm and Elderberry.
Parking is available on adjacent streets and access to the woodland is provided for by a network of paths which are in a reasonable state of repair.
Under the Fuelling a Revolution programme, woodland restoration and access improvement work is taking place to restore Hinde Common Wood to its former glory and to maximise its potential as a recreational and educational resource. Some thinning and group felling of trees will be carried out in order to create a more varied woodland structure and to encourage the regeneration of native trees such as Oak, Ash and Hazel. Sycamore, a non-native and highly invasive species, will be particularly favoured for removal. Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed, two non-native and highly invasive herb species will also be controlled. Access to the wood will be improved by upgrading the path system and additional seating will be installed. Although the woodland's boundaries are generally in a good state of repair, four metal barriers to control unauthorised access will be constructed and 200 metres of new hedgerow planted to mark the woodland boundary. Work is also required to reduce problems of fly tipping and litter, the latter being a particularly severe problem along some paths. Finally, the potential of the site as an educational and recreational resource is being developed through guided walks, events relating to the natural history and historic interest of the site, children's events and practical management tasks.
Other nearby Heritage Woodlands are: