Pioneering work to cover the scars of industrial dereliction left us the only woodland area in Bilston
Peascroft Wood was planted over a century ago by the Midland Reafforesting Association as part of their pioneering work to cover the scars of industrial dereliction. Their foresight has provided one of the few areas of woodland in the east of Wolverhampton.
The trees of Peascroft Wood grow on old mounds of coal spoil and the foundations of cottages which were demolished early in the 20th century. This complex topography has resulted in a woodland with a diverse and interesting structure.
The woodland canopy is made up of a mixture of broadleaved tree species including sycamore, ash, field maple and hazel. In late winter patches of snowdrops come into flower, followed in spring by species such as bluebell and primrose which were successfully introduced in the 1980s.
The woodland is home to many garden and woodland birds including robin, wren and blackbird. Buzzards are often seen soaring over the wood. In summer butterflies and other colourful insects can be seen in the woodland glades.
We have now secured Heritage Lottery funding to:
• Improve the access to and interpretation of the wood to make it accessible for more people, including signposting a clear route from the town centre.
• Improve the biodiversity management of the wood, with the aim of the wood becoming a Local Nature Reserve in line with Council policy
• Encourage volunteering and community action for biodiversity to ensure the long-term care of the wood
• Encourage local people and local schools to make more use of the wood, including the creation of a Friends of Peascroft Wood group and putting on a programme of events and activities
How to get there
There is an entrance on Central Avenue (WV14 6LW) with limited parking on the streets around the reserve There is also a free car park on Mountford Lane, not far from the reserve.