Autumn 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.

(Numbers in subscript are given at the first mention of each of the 24 tree species seen on the walk and illustrated in the accompanying Autumn Leaves I Spy.)


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 an Ash 24 with keys still attached, a Birch 23 and a Field Maple 2. To your right behind the toilet block is a colourful Beech 14 shedding its leaves all over the roof.

As you climb the hill note the wood to your right, Greenhill Shaw, which contains some evergreen Norway Spruce 30. These have short thick needles and elongated cones. The lower one shown on the I Spy sheet has been nibbled by a squirrel. There are also many ivy-clad trees in that woodland.

The bench to the left of the entrance to the wood was installed in 2015 by the FSW.