Woodland management

We own and actively manage over 200 hectares of mature woodland within the city boundary. Over 100 hectares of these are ancient and semi-natural woodland or replanted ancient woodland sites.

Most of the woods are designated as Local Nature Reserves (LNRs). Tile Hill Wood is listed by English Nature as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its rich native flora representing local 'Arden' type woodland. Most of the woods are in the south or south-west of the city, and used to be part of the Stoneleigh Estate. The woods were bought by the Council in the mid 1920s for the benefit of the people of Coventry.

Access routes within the woods are good, with large networks of well-used paths. Many of the woods have hard-surfaced paths with metal tap rails to encourage visitors with disabilities. The woods with these upgraded paths are: Pig Wood, Tile Hill Wood, Park Wood, Wainbody Wood and Willenhall Wood. Parking is available next to the woods, and bus route details are listed in the leaflets.