Know before you go
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.
When to visit
Opening timesAll year
Best time to visitAll 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.