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Explore Alistair's Wood
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Alistair's Wood is a community woodland planted in March 2003. Formerly part of the Dog Lount Mine opencast coal mining site the land was restored to agricultural production in the late 1940's. This 34 hectare wood has now been planted with native broadleaf species such as oak, ash and birch to complement the mature hedgerow and roadside trees already present making it a peaceful place in which families can walk. Avenues of fruit and nut trees have also been planted including apple, pear and walnut providing colour all year round.

As well as woodland, there is also a stream, wetland and an area of acid neutral grassland, Lount Meadows, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the rarity of this habitat in Leicestershire.

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

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.

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Arts
  • Look out for one of six Noon Columns that are dotted across The National Forest.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The National Trust owned Staunton Harold Chapel is accessible from the car park.
  • 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.
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OS Grid ref: SK 376 189

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