Get your blood pumping again in the Great Outdoors
If you’ve been cooped up inside for too long and are ready to stretch your legs then the slopes of Wyeswood Common offers the space you need, with the added bonus of fresh air, wildlife and stunning views across the Wye Valley.
Once a large dairy farm, we are working hard to restore the site to its former natural glory. The open grasslands – once a monoculture of rye-grass – are now more colourful as wildflowers like buttercups and Red Clover thrive. There are even Common Spotted- and Green Winged Orchids here. You may see and hear the Skylarks trilling high above you and Yellowhammers have recently returned to the farm.
A waymarked trail leads through the meadows and to the edges of the woodland where Bullfinches breed and dragonflies dart through the trees as we restore the woodland ponds. This is still a working farm so it’s important to stay on the footpath.
If you’re not quite ready for your walk to end, then our Pentwyn Farm reserve is just next door, with even more spectacular wildflower meadows and an orchard to enjoy.
A work in progress
Thanks to our supporters, GWT was able to purchase this site when it came up for sale in 2007. Its position right next door to our Pentwyn Farm reserve thrilled us with the opportunity of connecting the two to create important habitats on a landscape-scale.
Still very much a work in progress, we’re restoring the meadows to support wildflowers, laying and repairing the hedgerows using traditional techniques to provide important wildlife corridors for animals like dormice, and managing the woodland to create a diverse habitat for more species. We’ve already seen great results and there’s plenty more to come.