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Trees, plants and wildlife at Pound Farm

Species throughout the wood include pedunculate oak, ash, field maple, wild cherry, small-leaved lime, silver birch, hairy birch, alder, hornbeam, hazel, hawthorn, midland hawthorn, blackthorn, spindle and holly. The new trees were planted in nine different stands according to soil types: ash-maple; hazel-ash; ash-lime; oak-lime; birch-oak; alder; hornbeam; oak pasture; hornbeam pasture.

Meadowland and wide rides totalling 26.6 ha were incorporated into the design and sown with a native grass mix of crested dog's tail, red fescue, meadow fescue, common bent, meadow foxtail, meadow barley and quaking grass. One per cent of the mix consisted of wildflower seeds (yarrow, black knapweed, lady’s bedstraw, oxeye daisy, bird’s-foot trefoil, ragged robin, ribwort plantain, primrose, cowslip, meadow buttercup, yellow rattle, sheep's sorrel, meadow saxifrage, black medick, self-heal, white campion, and betony).

The site has 7ha of ancient woodland in three copses of ash, oak, field maple, sycamore, hazel, hawthorn and elder over a ground flora dominated by dog's mercury, with wood anemone, primrose, lesser celandine and red campion. The largest, Broom Covert, shows evidence of past coppicing and has a path running through it with a small bridge.

Wildlife

The site’s five ponds support a wide variety of invertebrates, such as great crested newts and smooth newts. The wood is also home to roe deer.