A century-old oak plantation over hazel coppice, providing a marvellous source of berries for birds
An area of traditional countryside character, where ancient woodland and wildflower meadows meet. Ten Acre Wood in Hillingdon is a haven for birds as hawthorn and blackthorn grow beneath the trunks of old oaks, while meadows, marsh and a small pond add variety.
The meadows range from dry to wet, and Yeading Brook runs along the western side of the woodland in the north and the eastern edge in the south.
Species you can see at Ten Acre Wood
History of Ten Acre Wood
The woodland has largely developed from a plantation of oaks, planted in the late 19th century; much of the canopy stands over an understorey of hazel, with hawthorn, blackthorn and field maple. North, Long and Cowslip Meadows on its western fringes, blooming with meadowsweet and sneezewort, are surviving examples of old clay meadows. A dedicated volunteer group have worked tirelessly to conserve this area for more than 30 years and persuaded landowner Hillingdon Council to designate Ten Acre Wood as part of Yeading Woods Local Nature Reserve in 1990, which also includes adjacent Gutteridge Wood.
Management of Ten Acre Wood
Coppicing at Ten Acre Wood – which was reinstated in 1983 - rejuvenates the hazel and ground flora and creates woodland glades. River improvements along Yeading Brook have reduced shading from overhanging vegetation and created a more natural river flow with brash berms, helping the river sustain more invertebrate and fish species.
Facilities at Ten Acre Wood
Hillingdon Trail runs through and connects Ten Acre Wood with Gutteridge Wood (to the north).
How to get to Ten Acre Wood
Either walk into the reserve via Gutteridge Wood or enter from the south at Charville Lane. The U7 bus stops in Charville Lane, while the 90 bus stops in Kingshill Avenue. Hillingdon (Piccadilly line) is the nearest station, walking via Gutterdige Wood.
Opening times for Ten Acre Wood
The reserve is open at all times.
Accessibility at Ten Acre Wood
There are slopes at Ten Acre Wood where the path crosses the flood-control bund. Gates and barriers excluding illegal motorcycle use mean the site is inaccessible to wheelchairs, and this is also the case on the Hillingdon Trail. The main path is well surfaced, but other parts can be muddy. Parking is available in Charville Lane.
Status of Ten Acre Wood
Within a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, Local Nature Reserve, Metropolitan Green Belt
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