Lewis Carroll Wood

Mostly level but with unsurfaced paths .

The Woodland Trust: 01476 581135

This hectare of woodland was created in 2000 by the Woodland Trust to commemorate the life and work of the much-loved Cheshire author Lewis Carroll. The planting marked the centenary of his death, and was supported by the Lewis Carroll Birthplace Trust, which focuses on the nearby village of Daresbury where the writer was born. Donations also came from across the world via a web page, and local people were involved in the design and subsequent planting of the new woodland.

The wood comprises two blocks of new native woodland separated by a ride that opens on to a low meadow. A new wetland scrape has been created at the eastern end of the meadow. To the west a seat is provided along with a Millennium Feature comprising a circular stand of six oaks and a stone tablet featuring Carroll's signature. The new plantings comprise a mix of English oak, ash, alder, silver birch, blackthorn, hawthorn, dog rose and hazel.

Planted here: Dog rose
The Dog Rose is the original wild rose and it's a secret superfood - the hips are packed with vitamin C! They were collected in world war 2 and turned into a syrup to ward off scurvy when the nation was low in imported fruit.