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Chopwell Woodland Park

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Chopwell Woodland Park was part of an extensive forest area which stretched from just south of the River Tyne to Allenheads in Northumberland. This area of so-called Wildwood was formed about 6000 years ago and consisted of mixed deciduous trees, mainly oak and hazel. Most of these ancient trees, mainly oak, were used in the 17th and 18th century for ship and bridge building. The remnants of some of these trees still survive on the steep crags above the river Derwent. 

In more recent times Chopwell Wood has been recognised as a PAWS, Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site. The meaning of this is that it is the site of an ancient forest but has now been planted with modern timber crops. During World War II three bombs were dropped on the Wood, creating three deep craters.  These eventually filled with water and, over the years, have provided habitats for a wide range of wildlife.

Chopwell Woodland Park

The ponds have been designated as a site of nature conservation importance. Some of the plant life that grow here are the tiny duckweed plant whose leaves are only five mm in diameter and the Douglas firs which can reach heights of over 40 meters. 

Among animals that might be seen are roe deer, rabbits, foxes, badgers, squirrels (mainly grey), and bats. It is possible to see otters in the nearby River Derwent. 

There are three marked walks and one marked cycle trail which can be followed. Along the trails there are numerous picnic tables, benches and a host of sculptures.

Public toilets are available and there is easy disabled access. 

Contact Details: 
Forestry Commission 
North East England Office 
1 Walby Hill 
NE65 7NT 
01669 621591 


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