R2. Enter the wood.


As you enter the woodland in Greenhill Way note the large Ash to the right, which does not have keys, attached but does have grey bark and distinctive black buds. Beneath it is an Elder 5 which may have a few berries still attached. To the left is an evergreen Yew 6 .

The area to the right of the path was thinned by the FSW in 2015. We cleared some of the Sycamore (an invasive and non-native tree) to let in more light and encourage biodiversity. Showing more clearly now in that area are several Larch 7. Larch is a conifer with small cones that can be found around the base and reddish deeply grooved bark. Larch is the only conifer found in Britain that is not evergreen - it sheds its needles each autumn.

Continue straight on at the cross track. At the fork there is a bench.  Bear left to emerge into a field, David's Crook. 

Around the bench are English Oak 8, Sweet Chestnut 9 and Beech 10 and as you enter the field evergreens Holly 11 and Laurel 12 can be spotted to the left of the path.

English Oak has deeply grooved bark and twisted branches. The bark is relatively soft and corky and flakes can be broken off. The buds are brown and stubby, alternate and grouped into a cluster at the end of the twig.

Sweet Chestnut trees have a 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.

Beech 13 has bright smooth grey bark and buds that are brown, long and slim with a cigar-like roll.

Laurel is dispersed throughout Selsdon Wood being most common in the northern section. However it is less widespread than it was as the Friends of Selsdon Wood are working to control or eradicate it. Laurel is a Mediterranean species, probably introduced into Court Wood to give cover for game birds. It is spreading steadily by suckering, layering and seeding and it is inhibiting the growth of other plants, poisoning the ground beneath it.

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