Hooke Park Wood

Renowned for the display of bluebells and spring flowers.

 

Site Name Hooke Park Wood
Protection
  • Forestry
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://hookepark.aaschool.ac.uk/estate/
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Hooke Park Wood

Hooke Park Wood: top marks -

Dorset Life magazine says that people divide in to two groups, those that think the best site in Dorset for bluebells is Hooke Park Wood and those that have never been to Hooke Park Wood. Being in the second group we decided to visit and the spring flowers, especially the bluebells, are superb in late April and early May. Whether they are, indeed, the best display in Dorset is totally subjective and, in any event, I do not think bluebell watching is a competitive sport!

Whilst there looking at the bluebells we were surprised and intrigued by a collection of very modernistic buildings in the wood. Research when we got home revealed that the wood is the base for the Architectural Association's School of Architecture campus for timber construction. The buildings in the wood were designed by, and built by, students at the school. These are interesting to see but it is also good news fore the woodland itself. Over the years the natural woodland here has been 'polluted' by the planting of conifers and the school are cutting these down and using them for their design and construction projects and replacing them with broad leaf trees which are, of course, far more beneficial for the natural environment and gradually the wood will be restored to full health.

Top marks to the School of Architecture, its students and its bluebells!  

Hooke Park Wood

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Forestry
2
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
B3

Calcareous Grassland

12
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

10
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

4
A2

Scrub

3
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

3
E2

Flush and Spring

3
A3

Parkland /scattered trees

2
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

17
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

17
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

12
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

10
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

6
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

5
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

5
MG10

Holcus lanatus - Juncus effusus [Yorkshire Fog/Soft Rush] rush pasture

4
M23

Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture

4
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
22-04-11

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