Thorn Wood

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The land was purchased in March 1998 and developed as a Community Woodland Creation site, Thorn Wood covers 41.5 acres. Formerly pasture the site was opened to the public during the winter of 1998 99 and planted as new native woodland, comprising a mixture of approximately twenty six thousand (11.5 ha) oak, ash, silver birch, rowan, and wild cherry with hawthorn, hazel, blackthorn, holly, and dog rose. The site is reasonably flat with mainly clay soils and there is evidence of subsidence and the remains of old marl pits. There is also a large pond to the east of the site which is surrounded by hedgerows and some mature trees. The site is divided into four sections by remnant hedgerows that contain a small number of mature ash and oak. The site has a 1ha area of wildflower meadow planted in 2006 close to the entrance which is cut to maintain its wildflower value.

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Thorn Wood lies on the south side of the Northwich Road between the villages of Weaverham and Hartford. Public and management access are gained off Northwich Road and open onto approximately 2km of informal paths and rides.


Nearest railway station is Acton Bridge.


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