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Limekiln Wood
 
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Shropshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
West Midlands
Year of Declaration: 1997
Declaring Authority: Telford & Wrekin Council (Unitary)
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SJ 651 096
Location: Next to the Wrekin, near Wellington, Telford, TF1 2JU
Owned by: Telford and Wrekin Council (Unitary)
Managed by: Telford & Wrekin Council (Unitary) with help from Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: The Reserve can be accessed via the entrance to The Ercall Nature Reserve. Leave the M54 at Junction 7, turning onto the B5061 towards the Wrekin. Turn left onto Ercall Lane and the entrance to the Reserve is along this road.

Alternatively, from the Shrewsbury direction, turn left off the A5 on to the B5061 Hollyhead Road, heading for Wellington. Turn right at the traffic lights by the Cock Hotel onto the Dawley Road and right again onto Bayley Road (before the bridge crossing the motorway). Then take a left onto Limekiln Lane, leading to Steeraway. You are then next to the woods themselves to start one of the walks mentioned on the leaflet referred to below.
Visitor facilities: There are walks through Limekiln Wood and surrounding woods, varying in difficulty and are described in the leaflet available from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
What to see: Limekiln Wood was once part of the Royal Forest of Wrekin, and is one of the most botanically interesting woods in Telford, supporting a range of limestone flora. There are over 150 plant species. Look out for the flowering spikes of orchids. Ash trees form much of the tree canopy, along with oak and sycamore, with hazel and hawthorn providing the understory. As with much of this area, these woods have a long history of mining and quarrying, which reached its heyday during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today the remnants of old workings are all that remain, including the ruins of old
limekilns; the lime was used in the iron ore smelting works in Coalbrookdale, and for improving agricultural land.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: To volunteer to help this Reserve contact:
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
193 Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
SY2 6AH
Telephone: 01743 284280
Email: use the online enquiry form on their website
www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Telford & Wrekin Council
Tel: 01952 384384
Email: sustainability@telford.gov.uk
Website address and other links: www.telford.gov.uk/info/512/conservation_advice/841/natural_environment/5

Alternatively try www.telford.gov.uk and search for Limekiln Wood.

last updated 25/11/2014
 
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