Planting Gorse Wood
Some children from Sharmans Cross School came to help us plant some new trees in a field next to Gorse Wood. It will all eventually become one large wood and we hope the children come back in 30 or 40 years time to see the results of their hard work.
What to look for through the seasons
Forage for our amazing fungi in the autumn months (but always with an expert).
Snowdrops are abundant in February, particularly in the woods around Packwood House.
Look out for daffodils, cowslips, forget-me-nots, primroses and lesser celandines.
See if you can spot daisies, hogweed, lady’s bedstraw and wild strawberries.
A Ranger's ramblings
Oliver Madams talks demonstrating Pole Lathe turning at Packwood House on Sundays from 2 March, when he can answer any questions in person.
Hedgelaying has been practised for hundreds of years, and we still continue to look after our hedges here. It helps to keep the hedge thick and bushy, making it a haven for wildlife, as well as making an impenetrable barrier for sheep.
This fungi typically grows in clusters on or around rotting tree roots or stumps.
There are plenty around Packwood for you to spot.
Commonly known as Turkey tail because of its resemblance to the tail of a wild turkey.
It is used traditionally in Asian herbal medicine.
This is a variety of slime mould which is extremely dramatic, changing from white to black in the space of a week.