Welcome to the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens website


Sherrardspark Wood is an ancient woodland of 75 hectares bordering the north west edge of Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire and is one of 8 Local Nature Reserves owned and managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The recorded history of the wood dates from The Domesday Book. Its importance as an outstanding example of sessile oak and hornbeam woodland in the south east of England was recognized when it was designated a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) in 1986.

The Sherrardspark Wood Wardens' Society was formed in 1966 to help protect the Wood from the pressures of an ever expanding Welwyn Garden City. The Society is largely self-funding and has a trained work force of around 60 volunteers. Today, the members actively manage the wood in conjunction with the Borough Council to re-establish its historic character, and also independently run programmes to monitor the varied wildlife.

Information boardThe Wood, which is crossed by many footpaths and bridleways,  is also an amenity much used by the public - walkers with or without dogs, joggers, cyclists, horse riders and people who simply want to spend time in a beautiful place.

The local community - schools, outside groups and the general public - is regularly updated with the latest information concerning the wood through articles in the local press and programmes of guided walks and talks.


Recent News

Acorns, anyone?

Sunday 23rd September 2018 should be remembered as a significant date in this millenium for Sherrardspark Wood SSSI. This was the date on which the first oak sapling was planted to initiate the Prime Oaks Project, the inspiration of Wood Warden Gary Dobrin. A number of wood wardens are involved with the project which aims to plant 300 new oaks by 2030.


Scouts plant for the future


On 28th January twelve cub scouts from the 3rd and 9th Welwyn Garden City scout group accompanied by their leader Viv, parents and other family members, joined in with our Sunday Working Party.


Ring-necked parakeets in our wood

Ho, hum – more aliens...

Much has been made of the march of ring-necked parakeets across the British landscape in recent years. We are not alone: this burgeoning of their population – in some places exponential – has affected large tracts of Europe, particularly cities and crop-growing areas.


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