• Steeple Woods

Rainforest gems

The Reserve has some fantastic fragments of Temperate Rainforest for you to discover. This rare and precious habitat is the product of a number of factors, including the (rainy!) weather and excellent air quality.


One of the most obvious signs of Temperate Rainforest is the growth of epiphytes - or plants growing on plants.

These pictures were all taken in the old woods in January. They show the amazing density or mosses, lichens, ferns and worts (especially Pennywort) that grow on the ancient trees.

The Ancient Tree Forum has an excellent guide to the ecosystems around ancient trees that is well worth a look if you want to discover more.

The volunteer team maintains the old woodland as well as planting and nurturing the newly planted trees for generations to come. If you'd like to get involved check out our volunteering info.