Arley Wood provides a quiet setting for a pleasant woodland walk in the Warwickshire countryside. The wood is part of a PAWS restoration project, which means that it will become a native broadleaf woodland once again.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsPaul Clark, 9/Mar/2016
I have been watching the colonies of Wood Ants (Formica Rufa) in this woods for well over 20 years and as Warwickshire's only known colony it seems to be doing fine. Although the woods contains conifers it also has a mix of other trees already, so why risk the important colony of ants by un-necessary replanting?
Forestry Commission Response
Hi Paul. Arley Wood has a PAWS (plantation on ancient woodland site) designation, which means that our policy is to allow the woodland to revert to broadleaf in recognition of the history of the land. However, we are aware of the red ants and are working with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to ensure that any planning we do takes into account the colony. As a result we have written into our future management plan that conifer stands will be retained and managed for the benefit of the ants. If you are interested to read more our management plan is available at all county libraries and includes maps showing how specific areas will be protected.
4 StarsBrian Jenkinson,, 29/Jun/2014
Leicestershire Footpath Association routed their Saturday walk (28.06.14)through this wood and were impressed by the conifer trees. We hope replanting with broad leaf trees will not impact on the conifers which stood tall and impressive.