Tottington Woods

Tottington Wood is a local nature reserve situated in the village of Small Dole.
This 13.5 acre site is just off the A2037 and is sign posted right next to the village hall.
Entry to the wood is via a gate which leads onto the Margaret Mackley disabled access path, which can take the wheelchair user some distance into the wood.

This wood is a very good example of a semi-ancient woodland dating back to at least 1600 and contains a fine example of an oak tree thought to be between 250 to 300 years old, this can be found on the north east boundary of the wood.

Depending on the time of dav and season when you visit the wood, you are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife, ranging from roe deer, to birds such as woodpeckers and blue tits' butterflies and bats together with a range of flora - bluebells and wood anemones in spring probably providing the best display.

Tottington Woodlanders manage this wood, they are a conservation charity run entirely by volunteers. The Woodlanders manage this Local Nature Reserve by using the traditional method of coppicing, which involves cutting the hazel and ash trees down to ground level. This allows the light to get to enable the flowers to grow and in a few years' time the trees will have regrown and be ready for harvesting. Visit in late autumn or winter on a Sunday and you will get a chance to see the group carrying out the woodland management.

All the timber that is harvested is used to produce various products from bean sticks, pea boughs,charcoal and many more products. These can all be purchased direct from the from the Woodlanders or at the various shows they attend.

For more details about the wood and the group, follow this link to their website:- Tottington Woods Website