Reach Wood was planted in a single day in November 1994 by volunteers from the nearby villages of Reach and Swaffham Prior. The 3,200 young trees on this former arable field form part of an initiative to create new woodland in England’s least wooded county. Wide, sweeping rides around the site lead to an open meadow that was sown with chalk-loving plant seed and is backed by a striking backdrop of steep chalk cliffs.

Beech is dominant here alongside oak, ash, wild cherry, field maple and a variety of colourful shrubs such as hazel, hawthorn, dog rose, wayfaring tree and spindle on path edges.

The wood is linked to the village of Reach via Clunch Pit Lane, named after the type of chalk quarried here and used locally as a building material. The circular village walk is fun to explore.

To learn more about Reach Wood and the Woodland Trust click on this link.

There is a 14 page Management Plan which discusses the plans for the wood in detail.