14 species of Somerset Ancient Woodland indicator plants are recorded in the botanical record of the site demonstrating that the site is an Ancient Woodland. The oldest trees in the wood appear to be the beech, probably planted no more that 150 years ago. The majority of the ash & sycamore are much younger natural regeneration following ad hoc harvesting & natural succession following wind blow.
Veteran Trees – several of the beech can be described as “Veteran Trees” being of great age & exhibiting a range of indicative features such as decay cavities, truncated branches & aerial dead wood. Veteran trees provide considerable habitat value for invertebrates &