The wood had suffered extensive damage in the Great Storm of October 1987. It was not until many years later that tree surgeons fought their way in, to what had become an almost impenetrable jungle to tidy things up. Fortunately four of the fallen willows were spared the chain saw and now add to the character of the resulting glades.
There are many clues to be gleaned regarding the wood and its association with the past. The stinging nettles, the daffodils, the hops and the spindle tree all suggest human occupation on this site in keeping with the nearby inn and the lock, which has been there since 1670.