Woodland Management

Perry Wood Management Plan Documents are available  here

Perry Wood is designated as a Local Wildlife Site.  Much of the site is also designated as an Ancient Woodland, meaning that it has been under tree cover since at least 1600AD.  Overall, whilst there is some timber extraction, the site is managed mainly for its wildlife and recreational value.Forestry operations form part of a Woodland Grant Scheme agreement with the Forestry Commission, and are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.  There are several woodland types and due to their different nature, these areas are managed in different ways:Areas of semi-natural broadleaved woodland are mainly left alone with some tree safety work around public rights of way.  Blocks of sweet chestnut coppice are cut rotationally  every 12 to 15 years. Pine plantations are to be gradually thinned to allow increased areas of both more natural woodland, and heathland areas.

On the more open heathland areas, saplings will need to be controlled to prevent regrowth from obscuring the views.Another major area of management required in Perry Wood is to prevent further invasion and dominance by bracken and rhododendron (non-native species), which grow at the expense of other wild plants, and which reduce opportunities for other wildlife.

People enjoying the woods

Native broad-leaved woodland

Pine and bracken, little other wildlife in some areas

Heather still clings to the sides of the bridleway on Windmill Hill