View of the Gorge Looking East towards Coalport and Sutton WoodBack to overview map
is in the Trust's most easterly parcel of land. Unlike the Trust's other woods, this area has been little affected by past industrial activity. Sutton Wood is a Wildlife Site, and one of the richest sites in the gorge for birds such as sikin, redpoll, whitethroat, and garden warbler. It is also home to the scarce white-letter hairstreak butterfly.
Haywood & Pastures
is a complex of woodland and grassland above Coalport. The area has a south-facing aspect, and walks across the open grassland can be glorious in the sunshine. Most of this site was originally farmland, partially planted as woodland by Telford Development Corporation as recently as 30-40 years ago. In the 18C and 19C it was owned by the industrialist Darby family, where hundreds of horses were reared for use in industrial enterprises in the Gorge at the time.
is the only area of land actually owned by the Trust, the others being managed on a 999 year lease. This wood was purchased in 1997. Records show there has been woodland here for hundreds of years, clues to which are wild garlic, wood anemones, bluebell and the rare wood barley, all species associated with old woodland. The area is also home to a relatively high population of breeding bullfinch.