The Nature Conservation Group for the Prestwood Area

About Prestwood Nature

We are the Nature Conservation Group for the area around Prestwood, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen

Our Aims

Prestwood Nature aims to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

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Flowering Plants: Woodlands & Hedgerows

Herb-Paris (in fruit) in Langley's WoodInteresting plants that are frequent in our woods include Moschatel, Goldilocks Buttercup, Yellow Pimpernel, Sanicle, and (in the more acid places) Slender St John’s-wort.  More restricted are Herb-Paris (Langley’s Wood), Coralroot, Yellow Birdsnest (Piggott’s Wood), Spurge-laurel (a few woods, but especially numerous in College Plantation) and Imperforate StJohn's-wort (Perks Lane Picnic Site).  There are native Box-woods nearby on the Chequers Estate, but the only extensive patch well away from houses inside our area is in Rook Wood, where it may be native.  Green Hellebore no longer has a woodland site, but a good colony survives in a hedgerow along Hampden Road.  Orpine only occurs in small numbers in a few hedgerows.  Common hedgerow shrubs include Spindle and Buckthorn, the first particularly frequent.  Midland Hawthorn occurs sparsely in a few hedges (along with its hybrid with common hawthorn) and one hedge near Great Kingshill has the generally northern species, Bird Cherry, which is very rare in the Chilterns.  Wood Anemone is best seen in Coach Hedgerow, which has a glorious display of spring flowers, and also a stand of Small-flowered Sweetbriar.