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

Have you seen the Six summer tasks on the notice board at the Pentley Park entrance to the woods?  Learn fascinating facts about our local trees - fun for children of all ages!  To see the tasks and our suggested answers just click here

On 26th July a group from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners visited Welwyn Garden City.   As part of their visit they enjoyed a short tour of the woods led by Gary Dobrin.

Most visitors to the woods will know that muntjac deer are present and may have seen (or more probably heard) them.  Wood Wardens have been monitoring the level of deer activity at two year intervals since 2007; we now have the results of the February 2021 survey.

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