Centenary Wood and Royal Tigers, Bagworth
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
The site lies immediately to the southwest of the village of Bagworth, on Heath Road. The signposted entrance is about half way down this road, by the wetland area between the two woods.
There is an arrangement between the Woodland Trust and Leicestershire County Council for visitors to park their cars in the Bagworth Heath Woods Car Park (SK456067). Alternatively it would be possible to park a car in the village of Bagworth and walk the 200 metres to the northern end of the site.
Bus information can be found here: https://bustimes.org/localities/bagworth
- Open access
Total species seen at this site: 151
Centenary and Royal Tigers Wood, purchased by the Woodland Trust in 1993, covers an area of 33.5 hectares and occupies a prominent hillside position south of the village of Bagworth. The woodland is made up of two sections: Centenary Wood to the north was planted to commemorate 100 years of Bagworth Parish Council, whilst the section to the south, Royal Tigers Wood, is a living memorial to The Royal Leicestershire Regiment. In recognition, a memorial stone and an arboretum have been incorporated into the woodland.
The surrounding countryside has a history of mining and the nearby former Desford Colliery, under restoration, can be seen to the east. Centenary and Royal Tigers Wood has been designed to complement this restoration work forming an extensive area of community woodland.
Hedgerows, a stream and several mature trees add to the diversity of the site. Open areas of grassland have been retained and are mown for hay to encourage a rich mixture of wild grasses and flowers. Between 1994 and 1996, 28,000 trees were planted, all being native species such as Oak, Ash and Field Maple, with a variety of shrubs including Hazel and Hawthorn. The trees have thrived and the wood has achieved canopy closure so that it is now possible to walk beneath the trees should you wish to stray off the managed rides and footpaths.
Major tree species include Oak and Ash, mixed in with Field Maple and Wild Cherry. Other tree species include Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Guelder Rose.
Both woods largely feature the same species mix, with the exception of Crack Willow, planted at the northern end of The Royal Tigers.
A small seasonal pond has been created and is slowly being colonised by wetland species.
The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.