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Holt Forest

Situated 6km to the north of Wimborne, Holt Forest is one of Dorset's largest surviving areas of ancient broadleaved woodland and was recorded in the Domesday Book as the Forest of Wimborne. Holt Forest is part of Holt Heath National Nature Reserve and is managed by English Nature, owned by the National Trust. It is a forest of national and international importance.

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Accompanied by a conservation officer from English Nature, some of the treasures and management issues of the forest were explored during one of the events organised as part of an Open Day at the nearby Holt Heath National Nature Reserve. Oak trees over two hundred years old, the medieval bank and ditch from King John's deer park, internationally significant occurrences of lichens, the delicate flowers of the Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine) and pollarded holly trees were just some of the many aspects of this ancient and complex environment examined on that day.


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Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

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Other sites on the web

English Nature:  site giving an overview of the work and function of the organisation, with contact details for the Dorset Team.

The National Trust:  current owners of the forest

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Holt Forest in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 081
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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