A varied landscape, including woodland, grassland, farmland, and a river valley.
The woodland areas are awash with bluebells and other wildflowers in spring, providing habitat for dormice, roe deer, badgers and foxes, and all three British woodpeckers.
Veteran trees provide roosts for a variety of bat species, such as pipistrelle, noctule, and common long-eared and the yew trees in Druid’s Grove may be up to 3,000 years old.
The 33ha of chalk grassland can sustain up to 40 species of flowering plants in one square metre, including rare bee and fly orchids. These in turn attract a wide variety of butterflies and other insects.
Three farms within the park encourage nesting skylarks and maintain hedgerows to support birds, mammals, and invertebrates.
The River Mole runs through the site and is home to kingfishers.
This is the perfect location to learn traditional heritage skills including Coppicing, Hedgelaying, and Hazel Wattle Hurdle Making. The Sweet Chestnut and Hazel Coppice here have been managed by Paul for many years. Coppicing and preparation of the materials to be used are undertaken both during our training courses and on a regular basis by Paul, the stakes and binders are also used for his commercial Hedgelaying work.
If you would like to enquire about onsite overnight camping please mention this when discussing with the organiser.
We also have a workspace at the Sawmill and are gradually increasing the types of courses we run here including Wood Craft Workshops by Paul and Willow Craft Workshops delivered by Lorraine!