A Privately owned Wood
A FORESTRY COMMISSION ENGLAND WOOD
Credit: Howard Booty
83.11 ha (205.36 acres)
Laughton Forest is a site that was created to meet the demand to restock a depleted timber supply after the First World War. It was planted in the late 1920s and continues to be managed by the Forestry Commission today. Before this time, the area was mainly open heathland with ponds, small woodlands, and shifting sand dunes. The forest still supports a wide range of these habitats, which include many locally and nationally rare plants, animals, and birds, including nightjars. The only area where access is permitted is in Tuetoes Wood.