South Lincolnshire Walking Festival 2017

23 September to 29 October 2017

Londonthorpe Wood, Grantham – Guest Blog by Christina Joachim of the Woodland Trust

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Discover Londonthorpe – Woodland Creation to Mature Wood.

Londonthorpe is just over 20 years old and already looks and feels like fully mature woodland. It’s an attractive wood with a range of habitats including an area of mature old woodland planted to commemorate the Crimean War of the 1850’s. It’s divided into three separate areas by roads but each area has its own look and feel. Once part of the Belton House estate owned by the Brownlow family, the site was planted to compliment the parkland and woodland landscape and provides a stunning view over Grantham and the surrounding areas.

Londonthorpe Wood

Since the first tree was planted in 1993, Londonthorpe Wood has developed into a haven for wildlife and people alike. Now with a ‘proper woodland’ feel to it, the mix of open space, high forest, ponds, areas of scrub and woodland rides makes a visit to the wood an interesting and varied experience, with lots to discover. This variety of habitats also provides homes for an abundance of wildlife, from grass snakes to woodpeckers and lots in between.

The broadleaf mix includes ash, oak, birch, field maple, rowan and sweet chestnut, with a great deal of natural regeneration which is nicely blurring the distinction between planted and open areas. The many old veteran trees and hedgerows add greatly to the interest and enhance the impression that this site has evolved over time. In fact, the nine acres of mature woodland bordering the site contain plants indicative of ancient woodland such as cuckoo pint, dog’s mercury, enchanter’s nightshade and wood anemone, which are now spreading out into the newer planted areas. The resultant mix of diverse habitats, open space and interesting features makes a visit to this woodland a delight at any time of the year.

Christina Joachim Regional Communications and Engagement Officer

 

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