The Forest on our Doorstep
Just a few miles from our home are the woodlands of the Wyre Forest which lie on the border of Worcestershire and Shropshire. The usual point of access to the forest is from the small picturesque town of Bewdley through which runs the River Severn.
The Wyre Forest is the remnant of an ancient Royal Forest which probably stretched from the Clee Hills in the west to the Clent Hills in the east.
The museum at Bewdley provides interesting insight into the many woodland industries that once flourished in the area.
During the twentieth century the Forestry Commission purchased large areas of the woodlands. Conifers are now cultivated for timber and areas have been developed to provide amenities for the public.
Whilst the conifer may be the major cultivated tree there are many trees natural to the area still growing in abundance. You will find the sessile oak, the silver birch and the yew.
Fallow deer can be found in the forest. The herd are descendants of park fallow which escaped on mass from Mawley Hall, near Cleobury Mortimer, during the nineteenth century. Other animals include the fox, rabbit, hare, squirrel and stoat.