Hardings Wood Flora

The ground flora of Hardings Wood has the richness associated with ancient woodland, with a few species that are rare locally and nationally. There is an exceptional show of bluebells that extends throughout the old wood. Bluebells and anemones are beginning to spread through the newer section. It is the only site in Hertfordshire for wood vetch.

Spring brings moschatel (townhall clock), violets, wood anemones, primroses, wood sorrel and goldilocks buttercup. In early summer the dog’s mercury, ferns, and yellow archangel take over the woodland floor with nettle, docks, bramble and wild rose.

Warm thanks to Gill Pakenham for allowing us to use her bird photographs and to Steve Povey forthe mammals. Other photographs by Francesca Greenoak and others.

Where is Hardings Wood?

From Wigginton: Along the Chesham Road, turn left after the traffic-calming chicane, continue down past the crossroads until you reach the wood entrance in Crawleys Lane.
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How you can help...

If you wish to, you can get involved in any of the following ways:

The Hardings Wood Trust is registered as a Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number 1096325)


Please be aware that Hardings Wood is an ancient wood and that some of the paths are steep. Visitors are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear, and to be aware of all natural hazards—slip, trip, low hanging branches, projecting roots, insects, for example. Take care and enjoy your visit.