These young woods will form the mature forests of the future. Almost 30,000 native trees have been planted here; mostly Ash, Oak, Hazel and Rowan. Planted in 1998, the young trees have flourished and already tower over walkers. Importantly, these young natives buffer the nearby ancient woodland, providing an extended habitat for some precious species of wildlife – from butterflies to buzzards. Stop and look at the woodland floor: scatterings of Bluebells and Lesser Celandine are indicators and reminders of the wood’s ancient origins.