Just as integral as the exotic plants collections are the native habitats that make up our native woodland areas. There are three main areas of woodland at the Arboretum: a working coppice woodland of birch, hazel and sweet chestnut; a mature woodland of oak, lime and ash; and a recently established woodland of almost 14,000 native trees that were planted in early 2008, called Palmer's Leys.
Bluebell Wood and Lime Wood
Bluebell Wood is a mature oak woodland, where the remains of some ancient specimens have been left to decay naturally, creating a rich environment. It is estimated that a mature oak tree is home to nearly 300 different species of animals; for instance, worms and caterpillars live on the tree and they are eaten by badgers, foxes and birds. Visitors can enjoy a living carpet of native English bluebells between late April and mid-May. In the lighter and airier Lime Wood, you will find some of the tallest limes in the UK.