Sutton Wood is the Trust’s most easterly parcel of land, covering the northern slopes of the Severn valley as the river flows out of the Gorge. It is a large wood, covering 28.5 hectares (70 acres), and contains larch as well as a variety of broadleaves. 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 siskin, redpoll, whitethroat, and garden warbler. It is also home to the scarce white-letter hairstreak butterfly. This species feeds on elm, and although many of these had to be felled during the major outbreak of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s, enough specimens survive in the understorey for the butterfly to do well.
The wood is traversed by a number of paths, some of which are explored in detail in the Trusts publication: Jackfield & Coalport: Five Historic Guided Walks.