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Explore Bignall's Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Named after the family which used to farm this area of land, Bignall's Wood is now a 26 hectare community woodland within The National Forest. Planted in 2005, with the help of local people, school children (through the Woodland Trust Tree For All Scheme) and the site sponsors Alliance and Leicester, it links with Jaguar Lount Wood and Alistair's Wood to form the final part of a larger block of woodland. Predominantly planted with native oak, ash and birch species, some ornamental maples have also been included to provide a fantastic visual experience for visitors all year round.

The entrance into Bignall's Wood can be found across the road from Staunton Harold Garden Centre car park. Here you will find the start of the surfaced cycle track which was funded by The Forestry Commission, Leicestershire County Council Shire Grant, The National Forest Company, Alliance and Leicester and the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA).

A leaflet containing a map of the site is available to download here as a pdf.

The National Forest is an area of 200 square miles across the 3 counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, where massive woodland creation and countryside tranformation is being carried out. The forest is being expanded, with the aim of linking the ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood, for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.

New woodlands will complement ancient woodland, meadows, lakes and rivers, parks, towns and other visitor attractions to create a new forest for the nation.

The National Forest EXPLORE leaflet, giving a map of where the Forestry Commission sites are in the area, is available here to download as a pdf.

What do other visitors say?

Great place for walking dogs or not, shame everywhere is so overgrown, not very well looked after but used to be mown a few years ago.

Conn, 12/Jul/2014

Thanks very much for your feedback and we're really pleased you enjoy visiting Bignalls Wood. Over the last few years we have been working closely with our ecologist and colleagues from wildlife organisations to improve habitats for wildlife at our woods. One of the ways we have changed our management is to retain areas of long grass for butterflies and ground nesting birds, moving from regular cuts to a once annual cut.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great place for off lead walking. The sheep were not bothered by my 3 month old jack and I think she thought they were large dogs:)Very clean and quite.

steph, 3/Jun/2013
1 Star 1 Star

we live locally and usually walk our 3 dogs here daily. For some reason sheep have now appeared in the parkland (beyond the main gate, not on the car park fields) and are roaming free around all areas inside. Dog owners BEWARE!!!! Not sure why these sheep are in a public parkland - surely they shouldn't be?

anonymous, 6/Aug/2012
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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Educational
  • Visitor centre
  • Arts
  • Look out for one of six Noon Columns that are dotted across The National Forest.
  • Cycling
  • A cycle route links Heather village to the A447 Ravenstone Road at Ibstock.
  • Fishing
  • Allowed on Goss Water by permit. Contact the office on 01889 586593.
  • Horse riding
  • A Bridleway links Heather village to the A447 Ravenstone Road at Ibstock. See OS Explorer Map 245 for more details.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The National Trust owned Staunton Harold Chapel is accessible from the car park.
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering is an activity that improves map reading and navigational skills. You can run, jog or walk courses of various lengths and difficulty and it is enjoyed by all ages from under 5 to over 90. Free maps and information from Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
  • Picnic
  • There are 3 picnic areas within the grounds.
  • Play area
  • The site has an outdoor adventure play ground with equipment designed for all ages as well as a natural play area and indoor soft play facility for younger children.
  • Walking
  • Three public footpaths already run through this new planting site and new footpaths will be created to take walkers through the new planting as well as the existing woodland.
  • Wildlife
  • A Bird Hide over looks Stonebridge Pool and a seasonal wetland scrape.
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OS Grid ref: SK 376 207

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