More about Hardings Wood

Hardings Wood was a part of a much larger sweep of woodland that extended through to Wigginton village down the valley and along towards Berkhamsted. Slightly over half of the wood, on the western side, is ancient woodland which retains the character of Chiltern woods despite having been clear-felled twice during the last century. This older part of Hardings has a rich variety of trees and other plants. The eastern part was afforested around the 1930s as a beech plantation. It has begun to mellow and diversify and it now has a good deal of natural regeneration including some significant woodland species.

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