The Higham Village History Group arranged a special event on Saturday September 19th 2015 -- a walk through some glorious woodland close to Higham - Ashenbank Wood.
below are some photos of the event,
The group arranged a special event on Saturday September 19th and the Woodland Trust provided a very knowledgeable guide.
The Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity, it campaigns to protect precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat.
Ashenbank Wood is a fantastic place to visit, with so much of interest on offer within the wood. There is a mix of ancient woodland and former wood pasture provides a range of habitats, closed canopy and open areas, veteran trees and notable wildlife species.
The ancient woodland contains mainly broadleaf trees including ash, field maple, hornbeam, oak and sweet chestnut. There are huge trees with girths up to six metres and these dominate the wood. The pasture was once managed as parkland as part of the Cobham Hall estate. The open glades are once again maintained by grazing cattle and provide wonderful views of the trees, undergrowth and wildlife.
The abundance of dead and decaying woods from the 1987 storm supports over 300 species of fungi and provides a home and food source for a range of specialist insects and invertebrates.
We saw a number of archaeological features during the “amble” including a Bronze Age barrow, a medieval wood bank and the remains of World War II bunkers built by the RAF. We heartily recommend the wood – there are well-marked paths and links into the Darnley Trail ( format map and leaflet here) with connections to country parks and other woodlands within the area.
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