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.
The 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.
The Aliens aren’t coming – they’re here!
In the world of wildlife conservation aliens have been on our minds for years. Our ancestors introduced plants and animals from many other countries, either accidentally or for specific reasons, such as for food or to beautify our landscapes. Apparently, it didn’t occur to them that there could be impacts upon our own native flora and fauna – some of them severe.
Natural world at God’s acre: conservation and preservation
One Sunday morning at the end of November 2016, Sherrardspark Wood Wardens joined local volunteers from the parish of Ayot St Peter to help them in their constant battle with nature to preserve an ancient decommissioned graveyard.
Out in the woods: January 2017
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Sherrardspark Wood Wardens' Society, of which more later, but first let us review some of our regular activities.
Our working party volunteers carried out work in the wood on 108 days, clocking up an amazing 4000 hours. Twenty or more volunteers turned up for work on eighteen occasions – either a Thursday or Sunday morning.