Welcome to the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens website
Sherrardspark Wood is an ancient woodland of 75 hectares bordering the north west edge of Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire and is one of 8 Local Nature Reserves owned and managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The recorded history of the wood dates from The Domesday Book. Its importance as an outstanding example of sessile oak and hornbeam woodland in the south east of England was recognized when it was designated a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) in 1986.
The Sherrardspark Wood Wardens' Society was formed in 1966 to help protect the Wood from the pressures of an ever expanding Welwyn Garden City. The Society is largely self-funding and has a trained work force of around 60 volunteers. Today, the members actively manage the wood in conjunction with the Borough Council to re-establish its historic character, and also independently run programmes to monitor the varied wildlife.
The Wood, which is crossed by many footpaths and bridleways, is also an amenity much used by the public - walkers with or without dogs, joggers, cyclists, horse riders and people who simply want to spend time in a beautiful place.
The local community - schools, outside groups and the general public - is regularly updated with the latest information concerning the wood through articles in the local press and programmes of guided walks and talks.
Out in the woods: January 2017
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Sherrardspark Wood Wardens' Society, of which more later, but first let us review some of our regular activities.
Our working party volunteers carried out work in the wood on 108 days, clocking up an amazing 4000 hours. Twenty or more volunteers turned up for work on eighteen occasions – either a Thursday or Sunday morning.
Guided walks programme for 2017
The new programme of guided walks in Sherrardspark Wood is now available. Alongside the popular favourites, this year we offer an art walk and we are bringing back a bat walk.
For details please visit Guided Walks page on our website.
Celebrating 50 Years Caring for the Wood
To celebrate the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens Society's golden anniversary, members are holding an exhibition from 4 November to 3 December 2016 in the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City's Campus West.
So how did the wood wardens come about?