Lying in a secluded valley, Cuhere Wood has a rare and distinctive limestone flora with mature ash, wild cherry and yew trees amongst the conifers.

Location

Llanvair Discoed
Chepstow
NP16 6LU
A static map of Cuhere Wood

Know before you go

Size
10 hectares

Entry fee

No

Access

At present there is no public access to this reserve as the Forestry Commission is carrying out work in the adjacent woodland (however a footpath does run through the woodland). Current access to the reserve is limited to volunteers and work tasks (July 2010). Updated access information is available from GWT.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

All year

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

The reserve is home to a number of unusual plants that thrive in the lime-rich soils, including Herb-Paris, bird’s-nest orchids and common calamint. It is also an important stepping stone between the extensive woodland of Wentwood Forest and the well-wooded Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In the spring, the woodland flora includes swathes of bluebells with wood anemone, primrose and violets. The wood has a large population of mature ash, wild cherry and lime trees and in the summer these provide an impressive sight as the leaves fill the canopy. A prominent feature of the woodland is a scattering of large, mature yew trees. It is likely that these are from 19th Century plantings, possibly used as boundary markers. 

What we do here
We took over management of this wood from the Forestry Commission in 2008. On-going restoration work will involve the creation of sunny glades to encourage more butterflies into the wood and this will also benefit dormice, which are known to use the reserve.

Near the reserve
Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Magor Marsh, Brockwells Meadow, Rogiet Poorland and Lower Minnetts Field nature reserves are nearby.

Cuhere Wood lies close to the picturesque village of Llanvair Discoed. Food and drinks are available at The Woodlands Tavern. Networks of footpaths are located in nearby Wentwood Forest, with Cadira Beeches being a good starting place for woodland walks. Wentwood Reservoir is located south of the forest; above the reservoir stands Gray Hill, which offers fine views to the Severn Estuary, as well as being known for its standing stones.

Contact us

Gwent Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01600 740600
Contact email: info@gwentwildlife.org