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Plants of the Woodlands


Some of the plants and flowers that you may see in and around the woods are show below.  The list will grow as more photographs are available.

Deep Shade

Few plants can tolerate the deep shade beneath trees such as Sycamore that have a dense leaf canopy.  Some, such as Brambles and Stinging Nettle will grow, but are weaker than those on the edges of the wood, but there are also a few plants that are adaprted to these conditions.  We are fortunate in having one of them; Blubells or Wild Hyacinth are present in all of the woods and can be quite spectacular in some areas.  In Bathing House Wood Male Fern flourishes, but only in the area beneath the Sitka Spruce towards the cliff of Downing Point.

Woodland Edges

The plants seen here are usually those that flower in the dapled shade along the edges of the paths.

Grassland Areas

The two main grass areas, at the edges of Crow Wood and Hopeward Wood, tend to have few flowers of interest, but this deficiency is now being addressed through the wildflower planting initiatives discussed elsewhere

Sea Cliffs and Associated Grasslands

This special habitat is seen mainly on Downing Point and the sea cliifs of Bathing House Wood.  As much of the area faces south there is ample sunlight and little shade from the adjacent trees.  The soil is thin and with exposure to the strong winds and salt spray that blast these areas from time to time, the flowers seen tend to be specialists able to tolerate these conditions.  Gorse is well able to colonise these areas and left to its own devices would completely cover the area which is why gorse clearing from Downing Point is one of our targeted activities.

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