The Wood

Hazel Hill is lovingly managed as a conservation woodland: it has a high diversity of wildflowers, trees and fungi, providing a variety of landscapes and habitats.

P1030011The Heartwood in the middle of Hazel Hill is a cathedral-like area of mature Beech and Scots Pine, with masses of bluebells in Spring.

The eastern side has both large and young hornbeam, along with areas of mixed hardwood (such as oak, ash, beech) planted over the past twenty years.

The wilder west end has some areas of magnificent oak trees, still young adults at 90 years old, along with areas of birch and hazel.

The seclusion in the wood is deepened by areas of evergreen conifers around the boundary, including Douglas Fir and Scots Pine: these are used in buildings at the wood, and provide some income to support running costs.

Hazel Hill WoodMany rides have been widened to encourage wildflowers and woodland shrubs like hawthorn and spindle.  This adds valuable habitat diversity as do the ponds, wetlands and open spaces.

The wood has a rich variety of wildlife, including many bird species, three types of deer, and some rare butterflies: the pearl-bordered fritillary and argent sable moth.

Hazel Hill is an Ancient woodland site, meaning that this land has been wooded for centuries.  Species like bluebell and holly are evidence of this history.

Maintaining these habitats requires a substantial amount of ongoing conservation work: we are grateful for regular conservation days run by local groups, and we encourage residential events to include some wood care in their programmes.

To provide undisturbed wildlife habitats, around 12 acres of the wood are designated as nature sanctuary areas where human visitors are discouraged.

Next to the wood, by the entrance track is a 5 acre meadow which is rich in wildflowers and offers rich habitat for butterflies and bees.

The overall plan for the wood was developed using Permaculture principles, with guidance from Patrick Whitefield.  We also receive regular visits and advice from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

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