Lineover Wood

I recently discovered Lineover wood near Cheltenham, a woodland with ancient trees and fantastic wildflowers.

Woodland

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The collections of coppiced oak (Quercus robur), field maple (Acer campestre) and hazel (Corylus avellana) was vast, I saw some awe-inspiring beeches (Fagus sylvatica) and ash (Fraxinus excelsior) specimens too.

Old trees

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Lineover is most famous for its old lime trees (Tilia x europaea), most of which are present as old coppiced stools. It’s a fantastic place to explore and escape from the world, I didn’t meet a single soul during my visit.

Impressive oak

136137Cool fungi

122Wildflowers

093The wildflowers stole the show for me, at the top of a steep climb a whole meadow was alive with colour. Plants like devil’s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis), St John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum) and knapweed (Centaurea nigra) were out in full force as well as common spotted orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii and pyramidal orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis.

088Devil’s-bit scabious and St John’s-wort

091Dactylorhiza fuchsii

127Anacamptis pyramidalis

080The views over the Cheltenham and Malvern hills are stunning, when I went it was a beautiful day and I could see for miles.

Views

095120Devil’s-bit scabious again

087It’s supposed to be perfect woodland for bluebells, I’ll be returning again in spring if not before. Hope you enjoyed the photos 🙂

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