Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AU
Blakes is an ancient woodland - there have been trees here for around 1,000 years and to this day it's a working woodland. Trees are cut down and allowed to re-grow. Plants have adapted to grow with this cycle (called coppicing); making use of the light when the trees are felled and biding their time between. The huge variety of plants that grow here that make Blakes such a special wood. The trees, as they re-grow, make an ideal place for songbirds to breed. A visit to the wood in spring will not only provide a feast for the eyes when the bluebells are in flower, but you may also hear nightingales singing from the coppices.