Wytham Woods included in nationwide ancient woodland network for Queen’s Jubilee

The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Established over hundreds of years, the chosen woodlands and trees represent the diverse canopy of the four nations in a celebration of our living heritage.

The wooded parts of Wytham comprise ancient semi-natural woodland (dating to the last Ice Age), secondary woodland (dating to the seventeenth century), and modern plantations (1950s and 60s). Other important habitats include a limestone grassland, a valley-side mire and a series of ponds.

Wytham Woods are unique because they form the research woodland of the University of Oxford, and this makes them one of the most researched places in the world. Is it here where Charles Elton, the ‘father of ecology’, worked and developed his ideas to transform the study of natural history into the scientific discipline of ecology, and since then the Woods have been the subject of continuous ecological research.

The ancient natural spaces chosen to be part of The Queen’s Green Canopy hold significance and meaning for many people in many different ways. They are symbols of community pride, places to connect socially and vital spaces for health and wellbeing activities. The Wytham Woods team take pride in being a hub for creativity with artists and writers in residence, as well as hosting a varied programme of public activities and educational workshops for young people.