Managed on behalf of the National Trust, this tiny mixed woodland is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of tree hugging – what’s the oldest tree you can find? Listen out for drumming woodpeckers and calling nuthatches or pop a sweet blackberry in your mouth in autumn.

Location

Priory Lane, Markfield
LE67 9PH

OS Map Reference

SK 492116 (Sheet 129)
A static map of Rocky Plantation

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

The reserve is open to Wildlife Trust and National Trust members only.

Parking information

Park on the roadside verge next to the reserve, taking care not to obstruct the traffic.

Access

The reserve is 1km northeast of Markfield and 1.5km southeast of Copt Oak, on Priory Lane. From Markfield, take the Copt Oak road and turn right approximately 200 m after crossing the A511. The reserve is 1km along Priory Lane on the left.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Always open to members

Best time to visit

Autumn

About the reserve

Managed on behalf of the National Trust, this tiny mixed woodland is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of tree hugging – what’s the oldest tree you can find? Listen out for drumming woodpeckers and calling nuthatches or pop a sweet blackberry in your mouth in autumn.

This tiny woodland is rich in birdlife, with the usual woodland species making a home here. The reserve was probably used as rough grazing until the 1880s when it was planted with oak, and there are now some excellent examples of sessile oaks over a century old! It was left to the National Trust by its owner, the late Charles Cliffe Jones.

The lower storeys are dominated by bracken, creeping softgrass and bramble, which can strangle out other plants – but this does mean that blackberries are plentiful in the autumn. A few patches of wood-sorrel and greater stitchwort do occur, as does the scarce climbing corydalis. In the autumn, you can also spot a variety of different fungi.