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Ancient woodland boosted by Forestry Commission grant
Volunteers at Birchanger Wood
Coppicing at Birchanger Wood is now funded for the next 10 years

A 12th century woodland near Bishop's Stortford has been granted funds by the Forestry Commission to improve its public access and wildlife.

Birchanger Wood will also receive finance and advice on coppicing to improve and sustain the area.

The woodland on the Hertfordshire Essex border is renowned for its ancient Birch trees.

Warden Pat Forest said; "Our aim is to upgrade the wood and the Forestry Commission has again come to our aid."

Forestry Commission Woodland Officer Pat, praised the work carried out at Birchanger Wood and added, the funding would secure the improvements at the woodland for the 10 years.

The ancient woodland originates from the 12th century, when it was recorded as "Bircehangra" meaning "wooded slope growing with birch trees".

In the spring the wood is renowned for its carpet of bluebells.




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