A log of a wood. I bought 5.5 acres of woodland in Holton from Clark and Simpson’s auction for £45,000 in June 2014. The land was sold by the farmer, Donald Barham, who still farms the land around. Mr Barham bought it in 2009 from RMC Logistics Eastern Limited owners of the gravel pits some years ago. I had to sign a legal document agreeing not to mine for gravel.
The wood is an oak nuttery, (English Oak and Hazel) with stands of of Ash, Silver Birch, Field Maple, Hornbeam, a few odd Beaches, surprisingly few Sycamore. Over stretched Hawthorn/Blackthorn/Elm especially around the boundaries. There is evidence that woodland had been worked in the past with the hazel coppiced perhaps 20 plus years back. Most of the oaks would have been planted around 100 years ago. Some, along the road side, are older at about 150 years. There are well established stands of holly. Some elm, dead and alive. Some privet. The ground is carpeted with Dog Mercury with Spurge Laurel. The dense canopy of the trees has not allowed much light in. Bryony decorates the hedges in the autumn.
Directions to KaliWood
Out of Halesworth on the Southwold Road, turn left into Holton village,
passed the school,
passed the round towered church,
up a Suffolk hill,
KALI WOOD is on the RIGHT side of the road
Just before the speed unrestricted sign, take the WW2 track on the right (pubic footpath sign).
The wood entrance is half way down on left – green man on gate.
EAST LODGE – is on the LEFT hand side of the road just beyond the wood.
Yellow flags or Tibetan flags outside each