Springtime in Selsdon Wood
The 1 mile Red Walk follows sign posts R1 to R6 - an easy walk but with a moderate slope at the start.
R1. Follow the path up the hill past the wooden bear on your right. This part is steep but there is a bench at the entrance to the wood.
The bear was carved as a spectator event during the first Forestry Show in Selsdon Wood in 1988. The chain-saw carver was a local tree surgeon, Selwyn Smith, who now lives in Wales.
At the start of the path you can see a group of young trees planted in the field to your left. These include a Cherry just coming into flower. The dominant shrub in the hedge behind you in Vale Border is Bullace (Wild Damson) now covered with white blossom on tangled looking black twigs. Although the blossom is almost identical to that of Blackthorn, the latter can be distinguished by its spiny thorns.
Look for Dandelions and Daisies in the field and the fresh leaves of Cow Parsley, with white flowers just beginning to show at the base of the hedgerow.
The bench to the left of the entrance to the wood was installed in 2015 by the FSW.