Wolves Wood is a woodland time capsule – it's one of seven ancient woodland areas which once covered East Anglia. The area's clay soils mean the soggy ground doesn’t drain quickly. That’s why ancient landowners decided not to develop here and left the woodlands to grow. Instead of chopping the trees down entirely, the villagers cut back the trees for firewood, in a process called ‘coppicing’. This means many of the trees have been growing since at least the 1600s.
Today, we manage the area so it's ideal for a variety of life. We use the same traditional methods of coppicing, and every year, we mow certain areas for butterflies and other insects. So, throughout the woodland, you’ll find plenty of different stages of growth. Over the past ten years, we’ve been working to reverse some of the old drainage systems, to keep the wood wetter for longer as it naturally would be. This way, we’ll help to protect the woodland and wildlife from the drying effects of climate change.
Lots of animals love the variety of the woods, so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! The thick leaf cover is home to many nesting birds, including Dunnocks, Blackcaps, and other warblers, while patches of wildflowers buzz with varied insects and butterflies.