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