Size:

10.06 ha (24.86 acres)

Grid reference:

SX872920

Map reference:

Explorer 114

OS Landranger 192

Culvery Wood is a mixture of new and mature broadleaf woodland with some large veteran oak and hornbeam trees. Extensions to the woodland were planted in 1998 2001 and more recently in 2016.

Wood edge habitats and rides provide important habitat for nesting birds invertebrates and plants including bluebell wood anemone and primrose stands on the steep lower slopes. It is peacefully situated on the western edge of the village of Pensford overlooking the Chew Valley next to Cutteridge Wood is a mix of woodland and open grassland and wide rides. It is south east facing and falls from a small plateau down to a very small stream which is tree lined. Although it adjoins the A 30(T) the visual and noise intrusion is quickly lost in the topographical layout of the site.

Approximately three hectares of the site were planted in 1988 by the previous owners with a mixture of broadleaved trees with Oak Ash Cherry and Sweet Chestnut evident. A further thin strip of 0.3ha of mature broadleaf woodland runs adjacent to the stream. An area west of the 1988 planting was planted in 2000 with mixed native broadleaves as part of the Trust's Woods On Your Doorstep? (WOYD) project. This also included a small buffer planting against the A30 to screen the Trunk road from the site.

The northern end of the site is unimproved species rich neutral grassland with blocks of scrub historically used for rough grazing and designated a County Wildlife Site as in modern day agriculture unimproved grassland is unusual. The area around the wood is typically pasture hedges and small valley side woodlands. Cutteridge complements and extends the area of secondary woodland to the south and is linked by this and mature hedges to woods in the wider landscape.

There is a high proportion of woodland in the landscape around Cutteridge which sits within a major Ancient Woodland concentration Management access is attained by a rambling minor county road which becomes a stoned access track through Cutteridge Farm and onwards over a large concrete bridge across the A30 Trunk road (high weight limit) to the NE end of the wood. However there is no public vehicular access to the wood and it is approached by footpaths and bridleways. A permissive path network was established around the site as part of the project and a sundial created by a local stonemason was installed at the main entrance as the Millennium Feature. A circular path and two public footpaths cross the site and walkers can enjoy the River Chew that runs along the southern boundary.

Features

  • Public access
  • Grassland
  • Broadleaved woodland
Cutteridge Wood - Management plan

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