Know before you go
Entry feeFree access
Parking informationThere is parking at the Forestry Commission car park off the road or cars can be parked at the end of the road adjacent.
Grazing animalsThe site is grazed by sheep
Visitors are asked to keep to the footpaths, some of which are steep or have shallow steps.
Access to the reserve is open at all times but visitors are advised to keep to the marked tracks. Contact the Trust for more information.
There is a kissing gate leading to the Emilies (areas of open grassland) and wheelchair access is available by prior arrangement.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This site is a secondary mixed deciduous woodland believed to be on the site of part of the ancient Sherwood Forest. Over 30 common species of ground flora can be found here, including heath bedstraw and woodsage. In winter goldcrest, redpoll and long tailed tit can be seen with occassional sightings of woodpecker.
High numbers of fungal species and survey work on moths and other invertebrates suggest that the plantation was established on the site of ancient woodland. Some records are of species only found locally in Sherwood Forest woodlands, underlining the site’s heritage as part of this world-famous forest.
The main wood covers more than 7 hectares with oak and birch the principal species, together with sycamore, sweet chestnut, rowan, coppiced lime and several other species. The wood is linked by a grassy ride to two open areas of sycamore and acid grassland (Big Emily and Little Emily) bordered by a single line of poplars. Rhododendron and bracken dominate areas of open ground.