Millington Wood was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1991 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community. Local Nature Reserves aim to protect places of special interest and provide opportunities for research, education or informal enjoyment. The wood is also part of the Millington Wood and Pastures Site of Special Scientific Interest. This highly respected national conservation designation indicates that the reserve is of high nature conservation value, and offersprotection to the reserve against any activities that may harm the wood. This beautiful ash wood occupies Lily Dale and dates back nearly 1000 years to 1086. Lily Dale is a typical dry valley of the Yorkshire Wolds, and has the distinctive features of a chalk karst landscape. These deeply incised and branching Dales around Millington are some of the finest examples in England that remain undisturbed from development.
The wood entered into a commercial forestry phase in its life in the 1960`s when many ash trees were replaced with beech and Norway spruce. A small area of the ancient ash woodland was left untouched, and is now one of the best ancient ash woods in the Yorkshire Wolds. We hope you will discover what a special place Millington Wood is in all seasons. Enjoy a stroll through the scented carpets of ramsons and bluebells in spring, or stride up to the top of the wood in autumn for a panoramic view across the colorful treetops.
The Wood is described as the richest botanical woodland in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Many species are locally and nationally rare and a spring walk through the bluebell-carpeted woodland with the pungent smell of wild garlic is an enriching experience. A walk along this main ride is beautiful in summer, with the stunning bellflowers towering above the flower filled verges. Giant bellflowers can grow up to five or six feet in summer and since they particularly love to grow on calcareous soils in northern England they are at home in Millington Wood. Unusually for Yorkshire, the wood also has the smaller nettle-leaved bellflower that is usually found further south.
The management of the reserve is aiming to slowly remove the tree species that were planted in the 1950`s and encourage the chalk loving ash trees that would have once dominated the wood. Thinning and selective felling of the shade casting sycamores and beech trees is allowing light to the woodland floor and encouraging regeneration of flora and ash trees. The timber removed is used to produce charcoal in the wood. This environmentally friendly and sustainable process involves cooking the timber for approximately 20 hours. Once cooled, the charcoal is graded, bagged and distributed to local suppliers.
The following pdf document shows a map of Millington Wood.
Map of Millington Wood (pdf 253.77kb opens in new window)
The following word document offers safety guidance on Millington Wood.
Safety guidance notes for Millington Wood (word 16.01kb opens in new window)