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The River Wye


Holme Lacy and Ramsden Coppice walk

The group met at Holme Lacy College. The core of the college is the old Bower Farm; the 17th century farmhouse is on the right


Near the beginning of the walk. The first gate being closed behind the group.


Holme Lacy House with archery practice in the middle distance


The 'Green Drive' ran between Holme Lacy House and Little Dewchurch


Oaks in Holme Lacy Park


Veteran oak at Holme Lacy


Hereford cattle in Holme Lacy Park


Hereford calves on the Green Drive


Dinedore Hill from the Green Drive


Further along the Green Drive the group approaches 'The Belt', a northward extension of Upper Bolstone Wood.


Looking back along the Green Drive, marked by the line of trees running from the right-hand side of the picture


Old building at Tarrs Mill


Heather Hurley explaining the history of Tarrs Mill


Earthwork features at Tarrs mill indicating a medieval settlement



Potato ridges in 'Bloody Meadow'. According to legend this was the site of the battle in which King Gryffyd ap Llywellyn of Wales defeated the English in 1055, before burning Hereford.


PJ Pikes explaining the events of 1055/6. The peace treaty between Gryffydd and the English was signed at nearby Billingsley.



Walking along the edge of Ramsden Coppice. The bank on the left, marking the edge of the wood, must be hundreds, possibly thousands of years old.


The group in a clearing in Ramsden Coppice. This has been woodland since at least the 14th century when it was owned by the dean and chapter of Hereford Cathedral and its timber was used to repair their property.




Ramsden Coppice totally felled in the 1970s.

It was then planted with Larch and Western Red Cedar.


But wherever there is a gap in the trees native species return


David Lovelace explaining the vegetation in the wood


An old curving bank just visible in the wood. This archaeological feature could be of any date from the Iron Age to the post medieval periods



In adjacent Widow's Wood this area has been cleared of conifers and replanted with native broad-leaved species





The road here sits in a pronounced hollow-way which must be many centuries old


Examining hedgerow species









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This project was part-financed by the European Union (EAGGF) and DEFRA through the Herefordshire Rivers LEADER+ Programme.