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Alternatively you might like to divert onto the red route for this final part of your walk. That will take you into the nearby field, David’s Crook where the Blackthorn hedge is now flowering with a mass of white blossom.

Turn right at the next junction into Greenhill Way. Continue along this path eventually coming down the hill out of the wood and back to the car park.

The tree bearing the Greenhill way sign is a Cherry identified by its shiny bark with horizontal striations. Pink blossom will be appearing on it soon. There are several other Cherry saplings around - look for the same bark.

The Sweet Chestnuts along this stretch have the characteristic twisted appearance of the bark. They were introduced into Britain by the Romans for their edible chestnuts. Look for a coppiced Sweet Chestnut tree with 3 trunks.

Just before you leave the wood into the field there are areas of more open woodland on both sides of the path. These were cleared recently by FSW taking out many invasive Sycamores and removing undergrowth to let in more light and encourage species diversification. To the right of the path there is a plaque on a Larch marking the Maruje Dale plantation. The name of the plantation was made up from the names of the young people who took part in a Youth Opportunities Scheme. During their training they covered coppicing and maintenance work and they were taught how to make benches and bird boxes with the wood. New trees were also planted - mainly beech. Also in this area, just behind the tree with the sign, are three Norway Spruce - evergreen conifers identified by their scaly bark and long cones.

We hope you enjoyed your walk in Selsdon Wood. Come back again soon!


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