We have over 4,500 trees in Warley Woods.  The oldest area of planting, that gives us the "Woods" name is the oak trees in the triangle of land at the corner of Barclay Road and Lightwoods Hill.  These trees may not look like old oak trees, but they have been coppiced at some point (cut back to their base) which means they have grown their trunks at least twice, if not more.

The majority of the planting of the woodland was done after 1795 when the area went from being farmland to designed parkland, for Samuel Galton Junior.  A lot of this planting was beech trees.  Then during the public park period (1906 onwards) other trees were added, like the trees either side of the driveway.  We also have lots of odd specimen trees, as parts of the grounds were used as a tree nursery for Birmingham Council and some of these trees were never transplanted.

The oldest trees though are likely to our yew trees.  These are such slow growing trees they don't look that impressive, but they are not only slow growing, but long lasting - while trees like beech trees only last a few hundred years.

If you would like to know more about our trees - have a look at our tree trail leaflet