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History of Lineover Wood

Lineover Wood was first recorded around 800AD as part of the Dowdeswell Estate, but it is even older.

Lineover means ‘lime bank’ in Anglo Saxon, dating the wood to over 1,000 years old. Check out the lime coppice stool that has stood here for most of that 1,000 years, its great age attributable to centuries of coppicing. 

In the late 19th century the site was purchased by Cheltenham Borough Council as part of the catchment area for the Dowdeswell reservoir.

The area of ancient semi-natural woodland seen today was once much larger, but between the 1940s and 1970s much of the woodland was cleared and replanted with a range of conifers.

Severn Trent Water Authority bought the site in 1974, and sold the wood to the Woodland Trust in 1986. In 1990 the Trust acquired a six hectare (15-acre) addition and this has been planted with oak, field maple and shrubs to create new native woodland.

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