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Walkers may take a different look at Eartham Woods

Posted 29 October 2010
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Walkers may take a different look at Eartham Woods
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A stroll through Eartham Woods, West Sussex, might allow outdoor clothing-wearers to see parts of nature they rarely witness.

Richard Williamson from the Midhurst and Petworth Observer outlines a route taking in 3.5 miles of the woods and surrounding parkland.

He notes some of the wild native shrubs to be pointed out along the way out of the park include spindle, dogwood, wayfaring and trees such as hazel, willow, birch and ash.

This route takes in "one of the finest beech crops in the country, tall and straight", with the edible nuts from the trees potentially good to eat.

Mr William says there are tall Douglas firs along the way, which were planted in the 1950s.

For something more historic, the path takes walkers along Bronze Age defensive cross dykes that were produced some 3,000 years ago.

The Forestry Commission states Eartham Wood is also home to Roe deer, as well as occasional visits from Fallow deer.

Posted by Brandon Egley