Greyfield Wood, Beenham – a call for volunteer surveyors

Greyfield Bluebell

Greyfield Wood is a beautiful 36 acre mixed woodland situated on the north-west edge of Beenham. Along it’s northern boundary, the wood borders the Bourne Brook, a tributary of the River Pang, and it is here that evidence of ancient woodland is most prevelant with ancient coppiced ash with base diameters in excess of 2m and thought to be over 400 years old.  Ancient woodland indicator species including wood anemones, bluebells, wood spurge, wood sorrel and moschatel. are also found.

As ground levels rise towards the village, areas of Corsican pine and Norway spruce plantation, planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1960’s and 1970’s,  are being gradually thinned and replaced with native species.  Elsewhere mature oak, sweet chestnut, hazel, cherry and birch thrive.

Over the last 20 years the woodland has been managed by a group of local volunteers for the benefit of the local community and wildlife. A new Greyfield Wood CIC has now been established to take responsibility for woodland management in the future and, to help inform this management, the CIC would welcome volunteer surveyors visiting the woodland and sharing the results of what you find with us and TVERC.

If you are interested in helping survey the woodland in the coming months or on a longer term basis, please do get in touch with Neil or John via

greyfield@beenham.myzen.co.uk

You can also find out more details from the Greyfield Wood blog - https://greyfieldwood.blogspot.com/

Posted: April 23, 2021