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Plants Hill Wood c1889  

map of Plants Hill Wood [Tile Hill Lane opposite Tile Hill Wood School] c1889

"Plants Hill Wood" is taken from the meaning, 'Plantation on the Hill' - the character of the wood was preserved, for as trees were felled, others were planted. The wood stands between Tile Hill Lane and Plants Hill Crescent and slopes greatly from North to South, with a steeper incline to the West side - 423 feet above sea level. It is a mixed wood of 24 acres containing Pedunculate Oak approx. 160 years of age, Sessile Oak ['trees of the hills'] and Beech approx. 180 years of age. There are also Lime, many Scots Pine, European Larch, Norway Spruce and a solitary Crack Willow [a lover of moist places] in the West corner where a shallow pool forms in very wet weather from water seeping down the steep incline.
In 1851, 7 Oaks were sold from Plants Hill Wood [out of a lot of 263 costing 1,050]. During WWII timber was felled for mining [pit props]. A licence was issued for almost 14,000 cubic feet of mining timber [mostly Larch/Spruce/Pine]. The 1945 prices were: Larch 52s [2.60] Spruce 45s [2.25] Mixed 48s [2.40] per ton.
In the great cyclonic gale of March 1947 several trees were uprooted, subsequently being sold to local timber merchants.



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