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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

West Woods is a very beautiful plantation of beech trees on a former ancient woodland site. A long and gradual process is under way to increase the biodiversity of the woodland by introducing native species other than just beech, through the promotion of natural regeneration and planting.

The woodland becomes very popular in late spring due to the fantastic displays of bluebells which carpet the forest floor in certain areas. There is a good network of trails including an easy access route.

What do other visitors say?

Very disappointed with the way the woods are being destroyed by the forestry commission. The bluebells have nearly disappeared. Large parts of the forest have disappeared, no replanting has happened at all. You show a complete lack of consideration to locals who use the woods on a daily basis. Bridle paths are not repaired or maintained, it is unsafe for horses as you effectively close paths without warning. Footpaths also are not maintained. If any other landowner treated public paths such disrespect they would be prosecuted.

Sarah Francis, 19/Sep/2017

Thank you for your comments. We are gradually felling and removing non-native trees from this woodland, in line with our objectives to restore a native woodland. Last winter an area of Norway Spruce was felled with the timber products all feeding into the UK timber market. This area will not be replanted as we are enhancing the open space, which provides vital habitats for birds and invertebrates in woodlands. We carry out a large programme of ride mowing in the autumn once the wildflower interest has diminished. We assure you that we are managing these woodlands for the benefit of timber, Wildlife and people.

Forestry Commission Response

First visit to west woods with family with the bikes plus a very active Labrador, will be heading back needs to be investigated thoroughly. The only issue we had was no dog waste bins or waste bins that we could find.

Dan 28/08/17, 28/Aug/2017

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit of west woods. This is a free at entry site and we ask that people take litter home with them and that dog owners take responsibility for their dogs. Stick and flick is acceptable in more remote parts of the woodland.

Forestry Commission Response
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I have been on a walk today ( Tuesday 9th May 2017) to the West Woods. It was beautiful and the bluebells looked like a sea of blue. This was the first time I have been to the Bluebell Woods and the forest floor was carpeted with bluebells it looked really magical.

Dawn , 9/May/2017
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Last updated: 29th February 2016

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OS Grid ref: SU163667
Postcode: SN8

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