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Trees and plants at Plas Power Woods

The site is a mix of woods, glades with grassland, scrub and bracken, which contribute significantly to biodiversity, with more than 60 recorded plant species. Most of the woodland is ancient, although there has been significant replanting with conifer, which the Trust is now in the process of thinning.

Broadleaf trees include pedunculate oak, sycamore, beech, ash, wild cherry, horse chestnut, silver birch, poplar, lime and rowan, with goat willow, crack willow and alder at the waterside. Conifers include Japanese larch, Douglas fir, Norway Spruce, Western hemlock and pine. There are specimen yew trees on either side of the Grade II Listed bridge. The shrub layer is made of up holly, guelder rose, elder, hazel, hawthorn, rowan and wych elm.

(Photo: WTML / John Bridges)

Ground flora includes bluebell, wood anemone, ramson (wild garlic), dog's mercury, snowdrop, wood sorrel, common sorrel, wood avens, lords and ladies, bird’s-foot-trefoil, bulbous and meadow buttercups, common spotted orchid, devil’s-bit scabious, lady’s mantle, wild angelica, tormentil, common knapweed, meadow vetchling, bitter vetch, broad buckler fern, male fern, hart’s tongue fern, lady fern, bracken, soft rush, greater woodrush, creeping soft-grass, wood sedge, pendulous sedge, wood fescue, Yorkshire fog, cock’s foot, false wood brome, wood melick, yellow archangel, rosebay willowherb, great willowherb, bramble, honeysuckle, ivy, common nettle, herb robert, hedge woundwort, crosswort, enchanter’s nightshade, wood speedwell, yellow pimpernel, red campion, cleavers, sweet woodruff, broadleaved dock, cow parsley, hogweed, wild privet and moschatel.

In the wetter areas there is meadowsweet, marsh marigold, creeping buttercup, floating sweet-grass, water mint, bittersweet, opposite-leave golden saxifrage, tufted hair-grass, lesser celandine, wild angelica and violet. There is a small area of open marshy vegetation to the west of the Dyke with tall, dense giant horsetail.

Rhododendron planted as game cover in Victorian times was formerly widespread but has been largely cleared, with only scattered plants remaining.

Over 50 varieties of fungi have been recorded on the site. These include boletus, fly agaric, shaggy inkcap, sulphur tuft, amethyst deceiver, milk cap, chanterelle, horn of plenty, oyster mushroom, sulphur shelf, stinkhorn, cook’s truffle, earthball and puffball.