Hardings Wood Trees

There are beech, ash, cherry, hazel, holly, oak, rowan, birch, field maple and hornbeam in plenty. Among the smaller trees and shrubs are wayfaring tree, spindle, hawthorn and elder as well as gooseberry and raspberry and a good deal of low-growing bramble.

Beech was planted in the newer part of the wood (once known by people in Wigginton village as ‘Plantation Field’) and the trees are now mature and interspersed with seedlings and saplings of beech , ash and hazel. The wood has a few sycamore, three Scots pines, two larches and a fine black pine among the non-native planted trees, and several clumps of laurel. Since 1981 paths through the wood have been remade and some trees thinned to allow in light and to encourage butterflies and moths. A yew and a wild service tree have been planted but the most of the new growth is natural regeneration.

Warm thanks to Gill Pakenham for allowing us to use her bird photographs and to Steve Povey for the mammals. Other photographs by Francesca Greenoak and others.

Where is Hardings Wood?

From Wigginton: Along the Chesham Road, turn left after the traffic-calming chicane, continue down past the crossroads until you reach the wood entrance in Crawleys Lane.
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How you can help...

If you wish to, you can get involved in any of the following ways:

The Hardings Wood Trust is registered as a Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number 1096325)

Please be aware that Hardings Wood is an ancient wood and that some of the paths are steep. Visitors are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear, and to be aware of all natural hazards—slip, trip, low hanging branches, projecting roots, insects, for example. Take care and enjoy your visit.