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Size:

62.08 ha (153.40 acres)

Grid reference:

SK943375

Map reference:

Explorer 247

OS Landranger 130

With wildflower meadows, broadleaf and mature woodland home to an array of wildlife and lush, open grassland, Londonthorpe Wood is a great place to visit.

Features

  • Parking at site
  • Public access
  • Autumn colour
  • Grassland
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Londonthorpe Wood

Londonthorpe Wood is situated close to the village of Londonthorpe and the north-east corner of Grantham in Lincolnshire.

Divided into three compartments by two roads, it sits in the south-east of Belton Park, adjacent to the Woodland Trust’s Alma Park.

For those travelling north on the A1, turn off onto the B1174, signposted for Grantham, Boston and Sleaford, and follow the road into Grantham.

If heading south, leave the A1 at the exit signposted for Downtown (B1174) or Barrowby (A52) and follow the road into Grantham.

From Grantham, head east out of the town on the A52 towards Somerby Hill. Follow this road for around 3.2km (2 miles), taking the first exit onto the High Dike (A52) when you reach the roundabout at the top of the hill. After 0.8km (0.5miles), turn left onto the High Dike (B6403), continuing for 3.2km (2 miles). Turn left onto High Road, and after a further 1.6km (1 mile) turn right, continuing for just under 100 metres. You should see the main entrance on the left-hand side, adjacent to the car park.

The nearest train station is Grantham, approximately 4.8km (3 miles) from the wood.

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The closest bus stop is on the High Road, opposite Church Lane in Londonthorpe village.

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Facilities and access

There are 13 public access points around the site from the adjoining roads and tracks. All entrances are via stiles and kissing gates which are suitable for disabled access.

Path networks, with plenty of routes to follow around the wood, consist of mown tracks and unmodified earth surfaces, which can be slippery and muddy when wet. The terrain is generally flat to the north of the site, but rises to a steeper gradient leading up to the southern/eastern section of the wood. At this point, footpaths link to the adjacent Alma Park, but due to the terrain, access through may be difficult for some users.

There is a free car park on site with space for around 12 cars.

There are no toilets available on site; the nearest being in the centre of Grantham.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

Londonthorpe Wood’s wildflower meadows are filled with an abundance of butterflies, while in the grassland areas watch out for a glimpse of a grass snake. Look to the trees for the sight of a great spotted woodpecker and to the skies for a chance to see a kestrel hovering over its prey.

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Trees, plants and fungi

From the first tree planting back in 1993, Londonthorpe Wood has developed into established woodland. Look out for broadleaf trees such as ash, oak, birch and field maple, with meadow areas ablaze with wild flowers, including field poppy, cornflower, oxeye daisy and knapweed. The maturer woodland higher up on the site even contains plants indicative of ancient woodland, such as wood anemone, enchanter’s nightshade and dog’s mercury.

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Habitats

The mix of open space, high forest, ponds, areas of scrub and woodland rides makes a visit to Londonthorpe Wood an interesting and varied experience.

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History of Londonthorpe Wood

In the 1800s, Londonthorpe Wood was part of the land belonging to the Brownlow family, who owned much of the land in the area, which they rented out to tenant farmers.

We acquired the site in 1991, with an adjoining 30 acres purchased in 1994. We began planting in three phases between 1993 and 1995. Mixed, predominantly native broadleaf species were planted in phase one, with large areas of retained grassland and smaller, more scattered groups planted in the second and third phases.

Dedication bench at Watkins Wood

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This wood is one of more than 50 across the UK where it's possible to dedicate trees, benches or larger areas of woodland. Mark a special occasion or celebrate the life of a loved one with a meaningful gesture that lasts. 

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Things to do in Londonthorpe Wood

Early purple orchids

A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

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Londonthorpe Woods - Management plan

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Londonthorpe Woods Management Plan

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