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.  Click here for a more detailed map.

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

The woods have been busy during lockdown - people walking their dogs, parents exercising with their children, many who just enjoy wandering in such peaceful natural surroundings.  Anyone who looks closely will have seen a fine display of varied autumn fungi.  For more pictures look in the Gallery.    

At last we are able to restart our work in the woods, albeit with restricted numbers.  Everyone's temperature is tested before they can join a work party and we have other special work practices to control against the risk of Covid-19.

There is a glorious display of daffodils and snowdrops at the Ayot St Peter old churchyard following the work to clear undergrowth last autumn, with which the Wood Wardens helped.

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