News about seasonal changes at Filnore Woods and how to get involved as a volunteer, if you want to.
Filnore Woods is the Community Woodland for Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. It aims to provide a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, to give people a wild place to visit and to provide opportunities for education. Find them across the field behind Thornbury Leisure Centre, BS35 3JB.
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The greenest green plant in the woods at this season. This Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium sclopendrium) has undivided fronds. It favours alkaline conditions, often growing on limestone rocks or walls, and so gives an indication of the type of soil. There is quite a lot of it in the Valley Woodland at Filnore near post 9.
Friends of Filnore Woods volunteers cleared back the brambles which were encroaching on the far side of the site at Filnore Woods. You can see how much they cleared by the long row of 'arisings' and the brown, grassless ground that was previously covered.
Looking up the hill
And looking down
We have now disposed of all those bramble stems, so that the grass and wild flowers will be able to thrive again and walkers will continue to be able to use the path in comfort.