Hook’s Grove is a small circular woodland of 4.4 ha which has been maintained as a hazel coppice with oak standards. Coppicing is a traditional woodland management technique when trees, especially hazels and hornbeams are cut down to the ground. In the past this was a way of harvesting timber, but nowadays this is mostly for conservation purposes as it opens the wood allowing ground flora to thrive. In recent times, coppicing was resumed in late 90-s and continues on a rotational basis by volunteers.
The wood is a semi-natural woodland with rich ground flora including Yellow Archangel and Goldilocks Buttercup which are ancient woodland indicator species. The ground flora is most abundant in recently opened areas.
In addition to native species, a few conifers were planted. These trees are now pretty old and include a few Giant Redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum) and about a dozen Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens).
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