How to get to Ploughman Wood
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The woodland is accessible on foot via the public footpath which runs from Green Lane, Lambley to Woodborough (SK630463). If you are using satnav, enter NG14 6DY and follow the preceding instructions.
Ploughman Wood covers over 32 hectares and is one of the county’s few remaining ancient woodlands. Situated on the east-west ridge that runs between Lambley and Woodborough, the wood once formed part of a much larger area of woodland which covered more than 120 hectares.
The site is mainly oak/ash woodland, with some hazel, holly, field maple and beech. This mix of tree species provides an excellent range of habitats for wildlife. There are many plant species typical of those found in ancient woodlands, such as yellow archangel, wood anemone and wood melick. The northern part of the wood is carpeted with bluebells in the spring, and honeysuckle occurs throughout the wood, climbing through trees and shrubs.
One of the most important features of the wood is the presence of substantial quantities of dead wood. This provides excellent habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna, including bracket fungi, beetles, bats and hole-nesting birds. Over 280 species of invertebrates have been recorded.
The Trust allows deadwood habitat to develop whilst coppicing to create ideal conditions for a variety of wildlife and removal of non-native trees helps to restore a more natural balance.
A pond has been excavated on the southern side of the wood and a meadow area was created back in 1998. These areas provide habitats for an even greater diversity of wildlife, particularly dragonflies, damselflies and other insects.
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Footpaths allow access to all parts of the reserve.
The reserve is open at all times.
Vehicle access is possible by arrangement. Anyone requiring vehicle access or wishing to bring a party should contact the Trust office at least 5 days in advance.