Sherrardspark Wood is one of Hertfordshire's largest and most important oak and hornbeam woodlands.
Sherrardspark Wood extends to approximately 80 hectares (200 acres) and has some of the county's finest oak and hornbeam trees, as well as a wide range of wildlife including birds, plants, mammals and fungi.
There is a small car park on the north side off Rectory Road and many other entrances from residential roads in Welwyn Garden City, including Reddings, Pentley Park and Woodland Rise. A good, level route suitable for less mobile visitors or those in wheelchairs starts from the car park behind Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, and follows the Ayot Way through the wood to the B197 and the Red Lion public house. There is an extensive network of way-marked paths which can be explored by visitors on foot, horseback and bicycle.
An attractive folding leaflet about Sherrardspark Wood is available from the Wood Wardens and from the council's Campus East Reception. The leaflet tells the history of the wood, describes the wildlife you can see on your walk and suggests ways you can help look after the wood. It unfolds to reveal a map of the wood showing all the footpaths and bridleways.
Woodland Management Update
All work in the wood follows a plan agreed with the Forestry Commission and Natural England, and aims to maintain and enhance the wood's biodiversity while simultaneously encouraging informal recreation and enjoyment. During autumn and winter 2019/20, the following work will take place:
- Coppicing of another 0.5 hectare in Brocks Wood. The Wood Wardens will fell mostly hornbeam trees, leaving stumps that will produce new bushy growth within 2-3 years. Good oak, ash, cherry and rowan trees will be retained as sources of seed for new trees. After a few years the area will turn into a dense thicket of vegetation ideal for birds and small mammals.
- Any large gaps in the new coppice area will be planted with mainly hornbeam and hazel. In recent winters, the Wood Wardens have planted over 1,500 young trees and shrubs in various parts of the wood.
- Contractors will carefully thin oak trees southeast of Six Ways. This will open up the canopy to allow new oak seedlings to germinate. Thinning of the canopy elsewhere in the wood has already allowed hundreds of small oak trees to germinate.
Although large-scale forestry operations are carried out by specialist contractors, hundreds of hours of spare time is enthusiastically given by the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens Society who work two mornings each week.