Hobditch Coppice

Description of this historic site

Hobditch Coppice, a managed woodland dating from the Medieval period to the present. It is located 300m north of Dean's Green.

Notes about this historic site

1 A small wood of 3ha. The eastern two-thirds of the site is demarcated by a sinuous but heavily poached (by cattle, when recorded in 1987) woodbank of Medieval type. The western third is clearly an addition, of unknown date, with a smaller, straighter woodbank. The headlands of large and possibly medieval ridge and furrow in the aadjacent fields abut on the wood-ditch on the eastern and northern edges, suggesting that the wood was already there when the ridge and furrow was created.

The eastern, older section of the wood is notable for its very extensive wild service tree Sorbus torminalis, a good indicator of ancient woodland.

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