Welcome to Folly and Granary Wood
Set on the steep scarp slope of the Greensand Ridge south of the village of Lidlington, Folly Wood is 13 hectares of new community woodland and open space created on former farmland over the winter of 2011/12. The site has important wildlife and geological features, and has a special landscape value. These have been preserved within large open areas, and through careful planting design, which will ensure that the wild, natural appeal of this site is maintained. From the summit of the hill there are spectacular panoramic views across the whole of the Marston Vale and beyond, and from where it is possible to see how the Forest of Marston Vale is slowly being created.
Over 16,000 trees and shrubs have been planted at Folly Wood, many with the help of local people. Tree species include Ash, Oak and Birch; along with shrubs such as Hawthorn, Hazel, Guelder rose and Dogwood. Widely spaced shrubs dominate some areas, with densely planted trees in others.
Folly Wood is accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and mobility vehicle users at all times, via numerous entrances at the top and bottom of the site; with a surfaced track providing a circular route from the village, and another providing direct access to the viewpoint from Boughton End Lane. The site is approx 5 minutes walk from the Station. There is also a network of regularly mown grass routes and recreation areas, together with public footpaths which connect to the wider countryside, and a new permissive bridleway route which provides a safe connection for horse riders between the village and the higher ground at Boughton End. Information boards, benches, picnic tables and other features are also available to help users make the most of their visit. Parking is limited to two spaces in the main gated entrance site entrance off Boughton End Lane.
With minimal grazing in the recent past, Folly Wood is dominated by rough grassland, bramble thickets and regenerating scrub; with some areas of remnant semi-acidic grassland. Pyramidal and Bee Orchids can be found in these areas, where Rabbits keep the vegetation sparse and short. Large populations of small mammals, taking refuge in the rough grass, attracting birds of prey such as Kestrel and owls, with Buzzard and Red Kite also often seen overhead. Small birds that favour open ground are also abundant, such as Skylark, Yellowhammer and finches.
Located right on the north eastern edge of the village of Lidlington, Granary Wood is 3 hectares of new community woodland, planted on former farmland during the winter of 2006/7. The woodland’s creation came about as a result of the recent housing development on adjacent land, and the area is now leased to the Marston Vale Trust for the next few decades. From Granary Wood, it’s a short walk through Lidlington to access our other site at Folly Wood. In addition a public footpath crosses farmed fields to our Forest Centre at the Millennium Country Park at Marston Moretaine.
Nearly 7,000 native trees and shrubs were planted at Granary Wood, many with the help of local people. Tree species include Oak, Ash, and Cherry, along with shrubs such as Hawthorn, Guelder rose and Dogwood, which provide an abundance of fruits and berries for hungry wildlife in autumn and winter.
Granary Wood is accessible to pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and mobility vehicle users at all times; with a linear surfaced route through the area, and mown grass routes within the woodland. The site is approx. 10 minutes walk from the Station. Information boards and benches are also available to help users make the most of their visit.
Wildlife is already thriving within Granary Wood, with small birds such as Blue Tit, Goldfinch, and Green Woodpecker taking advantage of the abundance of insects, seeds and fruits; and a healthy population of Field voles and other small mammals taking refuge amongst the long grass.