G7. Continue along West Gorse until you reach Linden Glade.


The Council carried out much work in this area in the winter of 2016/7. This has allowed in a lot more light.

In West Gorse there is a rich carpet of fallen leaves including Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Birch, Ash, Hawthorn, Field Maple and Beech.

The name Linden Glade comes from the 6 Lime 25 (or Linden) trees that form an arc around the rock pile.

The old pond here disappeared when vandalism and cost caused the water to be turned off. In 2016 FSW restored the pond by digging out the silt and reproofing the surface. We hope that it will be a source of water for wildlife and a feature of interest for many years to come.

Behind the Limes are two very tall Larch trees. You may be lucky enough to spot or hear a Tawny Owl, as there is a roost a little further into the wood behind the glade.

In Linden Glade is a large Holly that is especially resplendent with berries this year. Holly is dioecious which means that there are separate male and female plants with only the females producing berries. Beside it are two Corsican Pines 26 which drop cones in the Autumn although these are buried amongst the Brambles and may be hard to find.

Turn left past the Memorial to Col. H.S. Wood and continue along West Gorse to the T junction. Turn right along Farleigh Border.

About half way along this path you will see a deep crater to your right. There are several of these throughout the wood, believed to be the result of WWII bombs which were jettisoned over the wood.Look for berries on the large Holly tree in Farleigh Border - is this a male or female tree? Holly has a superstitious past. It was bad luck to cut down and was also thought to ward off evil spirits. By the pile of logs on the left is a Hawthorn with typical twisted and gnarled bark.

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