Climb the curly wurly tree at Rectory Wood. This is an ancient lime tree

Wildlife

Lime tree

Climb the curly wurly tree at Rectory Wood. This is an ancient lime tree image

Situated at the heart of Church Stretton Rectory Wood and Field incorporates part of a historic park associated with the adjacent former Old Rectory. These grounds were laid out in the late 18th century and have associations with Lancelot (Capability) Brown. The well-preserved remains of this landscape comprise woodland walks, a stream and artificial pool, and sites of buildings, which include a pumping house, summerhouse and icehouse.

The woodland is particularly well-blessed with ancient trees. The most impressive of these is a veteran 18th century sweet chestnut. Such trees have tremendous cultural value as living monuments but also play host to a range of birds, bats, small mammals and invertebrates who make use of rotten wood and cavities.

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