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

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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Out in the Woods: February 2018

In the last six months of 2017 the wood wardens continued to use their diverse skills to transform the wood. The work undertaken included coppicing, planting, maintaining footpaths, clearing shrub and maintaining fences, ditches and culverts. Our work has been recognised as an improvement by both Natural England and the great majority of the public that we meet and talk to in the wood.

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Guided Walks Programme for 2018

To welcome the arrival of the new year we have published our new 2018 guided walks programme. After a successful season last year we are hoping that we will once again receive the support of the local community. We are looking forward to meeting the regular participants as well as newcomers.

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