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.

Information boardThe 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.


Recent News

Wood Wardens Help at Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve

A small but very dedicated team of wood wardens recently spent a Thursday morning at Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve clearing watercress from the lagoon. This allows the clean water from the underground spring to run freely in order to maintain its special character.


A Tree Charter for Our Time

800 years ago, a momentous decision was made by Henry III. In 1217, he signed the Charter of the Forest which reversed William the Conqueror’s edicts that had barred ordinary people from the royal hunting forests for 150 years. By re-establishing these rights, Henry once again gave people access to their local woods for vital resources such as firewood, building materials and livestock fodder.


Roche Volunteers Join Wood Wardens' Work Party

On our Thursday workday on 9 November 2017, the Wood Wardens were joined by seven volunteers from the Roche workforce from Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City. Their employer grants all staff two days each year to carry out some voluntary work of their choice.


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