Brookings Down Wood and Eastern Hill Wood are both in Noss Mayo. They are owned by The Woodland Trust to protect them in perpetuity but are leased to the RYDA which manages both of them.
Brookings Down Wood is a 16-acre (6.5 hectare) wood which was bought by The Woodlands Trust in 2000 with money raised locally and donated to the Trust and then leased back to the RYDA at a peppercorn rent.
It is located between Hannaford Road and Middlecombe Lane.
The Wood is mainly broad-leaf with a few larch and Monterey pine. Hazel, hawthorn, yew, holly and elder provide the understorey. English bluebells dominate a large area of the Wood, with a profusion of campion, foxglove, violets and corydalis.
There are 3 entrances to the Wood, all open to walkers. The main entrance is at the end of the car park adjacent to the tennis courts, and is marked with an information board which shows the main paths and other information. This entrance leads to some quite steep wooden steps and so is not accessible to wheelchair users.
At the time of writing (February 2018), the steps are currently under reconstruction and should eventually take the form of a level path above the tennis courts which will then cut through the bank and join an existing woodland path. It will remain unsuitable for wheelchair access. There are other entrances from Hannaford Road and Middlecombe Lane but only the latter is accessible to wheelchair users in dry weather and through a 1 metre wide gate.
Eastern Hill Wood is adjacent to Brookings Down Wood between Middlecombe Lane and Stoke Road and is approximately 1 hectare in size. It was acquired by The Woodland Trust in 2017 and added to the existing lease for Brookings Down Wood.
The Wood is on a very steep slope and needs a great deal of work to clear the extensive, unwanted vegetation, to open up and establish the footpaths and to make it much more accessible to the public.
The Wood is mainly broad-leaf, with oak, sycamore, ash and beech and an understorey of hazel, hawthorn, sloe, holly and privet.
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