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.  Click here for a more detailed map.

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

It will soon be time for a woodland walk

As the days get longer and hopefully warmer we have started to look forward to our organised walks in Sherrardspark Wood. The Wood Wardens are looking forward to an exciting 2020. With all the concern over climate change we hope our walks give you the opportunity to engage with your local natural environment, whilst having the opportunity to listen and question our expert presenters.


Managing Acute Oak Decline in Sherrardspark Wood

Acute Oak Decline poses a serious threat to native oak species in the UK and is of significant concern to the timber industry.  Scientists from Rothamsted Research and Forest Research are now working in our wood to test whether the beetles responsible can be trapped and the disease controlled in this way.  Read all about this work here.     

Anglia in Bloom - winners!

Sherrardspark wood won the Woodlands category of this year's Anglia in Bloom competition and was awarded a Gold Certificate.



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