Chaddesden Wood

Chaddesden Wood & Lime Lane Wood


Tree Planting in Derbyshire at Chaddesden Wood & Lime Lane Wood Local Nature Reserve

Chaddesden Wood is situated in Oakwood, a residential area of over 5,000 homes and local businesses situated on the northern edge of Derby. It is Derby’s only ancient oak woodland.

IMPORTANT VISITOR INFO

Before visiting this woodland, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which gives you helpful tips about your tree and visitor guidance.


The woodland was purchased by Derby City Council in 1990 and declared a local nature reserve in 1991. It covers an area of 9 hectares. The circular woodland trail is regularly used by dog walkers and other Oakwood residents.






Chaddesden Wood consists of predominantly oak, hazel, silver birch, beech and sycamore. Holly, honeysuckle and a small area of rhododendron provide lower level shrub habitats.

Birds are numerous especially: robins, greater spotted woodpeckers, jackdaws, tits, wood pigeons, chiff chaffs, jays, nuthatches and tree creepers. Mammals living in and around the wood include squirrels, foxes and at least 3 species of bat.

Native bluebells provide a spectacular display in the spring. Bracken, brambles and nettles are prolific during the summer months along with ferns, wood anemone and willow herb

Frog and toad spawn can be found in the ponds in spring. Butterflies such as the speckled wood and purple hair streak can be seen during summer months.
Various types of fungi are present in autumn.

The Friends of Chaddesden Wood is a volunteer group established in February 2011 to involve Oakwood residents in the management of the woodland and to develop health and education walks. Conservation events are held monthly to undertake activities appropriate to the season and management plan.

Tasks undertaken so far include:

  • Planting of native species of tree. Additional trees are still required to further develop the under store.
  • Reducing the number of sycamore saplings and other invasive/ non-native species that pose a threat to the oak woodland.
  • Litter picking.


Lime Lane Wood is a short walk from Chaddesden Wood


The new trees have been planted in recent years on the outer edge of Lime Lane Wood.
The trees, of various ages and sizes, can be recognised by their protective, plastic shelters.

Since November 2011 EFORESTS, with the help of The Friends of Chaddesden Wood, have planted over 1500 trees around the woodland, with the most recent planting taking place in the neighbouring Lime Lane Local Nature Reserve.

In early 2021 just over 250 new trees were planted at Chaddesden Wood and Lime Lane Wood, half of which were planted as hedgerow.

You can spot the new trees in their green, protective shelters and the newest trees are the smallest. They'll soon grow out of the top of their shelters though.



Some of the new trees planted at Chaddesden Wood in February 2021 were Oak and Silver Birch


New trees in February 2021 have been planted in on the outer edge of Lime Lane Wood.

The highlighted zones on the aerial map show the newly planted areas in 2021.

Over the years the following species have been planted at Chaddesden / Lime Lane Wood :


Chaddesden Wood Map

Springwood Drive
Oakwood
Derby
DE21 2JX



Lime Lane Wood Map

Smalley Drive
Oakwood
Derby
DE21 2XD




IMPORTANT VISITOR INFO

Before visiting this woodland, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which gives you helpful tips about your tree and visitor guidance.


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