Three Rivers’ Green Belt is nearly 9,000 hectares. The Council manages 260 hectares of public woodland and there are 21 conservation areas in the district. This demonstrates the amount of open space and places of historical interest in Three Rivers. Please find below for information about our Woodlands and the management plans in place.
Greenspace Action Plan for Carpenters Wood, Croxleyhall Woods and Stones Orchard
Three Rivers District Council is working with the Countryside Management Service to create a new Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Carpenters Wood, Croxleyhall Woods and Stones Orchard. The GAP sets out the management and maintenance of the woodland for a five year period. You can find out more on the Greenspace Action Plans for Woodlands page.
Bishops Wood is an ancient semi natural (ASNW) which means it is likely that there has been a wood in this location since Britain was afforested after the last ice age. The site became a Country Park in 1988 with a car park, on-site interpretation, picnic tables and seats. The ancient semi-natural areas are dominated by mixed broadleaf high forest. Ancient woodland ground flora exists in places and includes bluebells. Deer and rabbits are present in all woods. bishops-wood-leaflet (pdf)
How to get there
- By road: approximately 4.9 miles (7.9km) from junction 18 on the M25 off the A404.
- By tube: Northwood Station is 1.8 miles (2.9km) away and Moor Park Station is 2 miles (3.2km) away.
- By bus: for services from Watford, Rickmansworth, Amersham and Chesham contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233.
- Google: How to find Bishops Wood.
Bishops Wood Management Plan Revised (doc)
The wood is part ancient semi-natural and part planted ancient woodland and is divided into three main areas: Whitelands Wood; Hillas Wood; and Carpenters Wood. It consists of 22.8 hectares of mixed species woodland situated on the south-east edge of the Chilterns Area of outstanding Natural Beauty.
Over the last few years, the Friends of Carpenters Wood have tackled some fairly major work in the Wood. Friends of Capenters Wood website The removal of this holly along many of the footpaths, which is part of the CMS/TRDC management strategy for the Wood, has transformed these woodland walks. The sunshine now filters down through the lovely Beech trees and the views are wonderful! There is also a small, sunny clearing, with a tree-trunk bench, where walkers can pause and enjoy the moment. Carpenters Wood Leaflet (pdf)
What's on at Carpenters Woods
Carpenters Wood, which is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will soon be in 'full bloom' with carpets of bluebells! As an ancient woodland, over 400 years old, bluebells are an annual treat for walkers through the wood. The best place to see them is to enter the wood at the Whitelands Avenue entrance (signposted), about half a mile from Chorleywood village shops, down Whitelands Avenue on the left. We have a very active Friends Group who meet twice a month to maintain access and improve the woodland for visitors. Fairly recently we installed three oak benches which provide places to sit and enjoy the fresh air, and we now have 12 bird and bat boxes around the woodland to encourage wildlife, some of which show signs of habitation. Come and have a walk and see if you can spot them! If you are interested to join the Friends Group contact Barbara Green by email email@example.com or check out our new website at http://www.carpenterswood.com/
Carpenters Wood Management Plan (doc)Carpenters Wood Work Proposals (pdf)Carpenters Wood Species and Features (pdf)Carpenters Wood Hazards (pdf)
Croxley Hall Woods
15.6 hectares of predominantly ancient semi-natural mixed broadleaved woodland with a small area of secondary woodland. Croxley Hall Woods is divided into three distinctive areas. The ground layer comprises bluebells
and dog’s mercury
with much ivy. Deer and rabbits are present in all woods. Roe deer
and muntjac deer
are locally common and there is evidence of deer browsing of young tree seedlings. Croxley Hall Woods Leaflet (pdf)
Oxhey Woods Local Nature Reserve is 97.7 hectares of principally, ancient semi-natural woodland in South Oxhey, several areas of which date back towards the last ice age some 10,000 years ago. The woods contain a range of habitats which make it one of the most important woodlands in the county. Within its bounds can be found spring displays of bluebells, anemones and violets plus the unusual wild service tree.
What's on at Oxhey Woods
The woods contain a number of walking routes ranging in difficulty, but the highlight is a one kilometre easy access trail. The trail which is circular, starts and
finishes in the car park and is ideal for a family visit. On arrival you will be greeted by a striking carved archway to welcome you to the trail and upon closer inspection, you will notice an array of intricately carved tiny creatures designed by local children. As you walk along the trail you will discover numerous sculptures created using natural materials and that reflect the wildlife and history of the woods. Oxhey Woods Leaflet (pdf)
The Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers hold regular volunteer days and everyone is welcome to lend a helping hand. Sculpture Trail Leaflet (pdf)
The Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers are active in representing the views of woodland users to Three Rivers District Council and the Countryside Management Service, and having active volunteer working parties. www.owcv.btck.co.uk
Countryside Management Service
The following Woodland areas in Three Rivers are managed by the Council, with the support of the Countryside Management Service: Bishops Woods, Oxhey Woods, Carpenters Wood, Croxley Hall Woods, Pheasants Wood, Solomans Wood, The Grove, Greenbroom Spring, Shepherds Close Dell, Tanners Wood, Hartsbourne Wood, Pond Wood, Oxhey Playing Fields Woods, Longspring Wood, Chorleywood House Estate Woods (Friends of Chorleywood House Estate
), Beechen Wood, Frankling Spring and Aquadrome Woods
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Three Rivers District Council is not only responsible for the management of our parks and open spaces, we see ourselves as guardians who promote, conserve and enhance our natural heritage, for future generations. As part of our management role, we want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of our residents.
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