Workhouse Coppice

WorkhouseWorkhouse Coppice is a 5.42ha (13.39 acres) woodland on the northern edge of Broseley and adjoins Benthall Edge Wood. It is an ancient semi-natural woodland dominated by even-aged oak, with a dense shrub layer of holly.

Parts of the wood were mined for coal during the early part of the Industrial Revolution, while other areas were used to dump waste material from nearby pipe kilns. Evidence for this is in the form of bell pits (most of which have collapsed) and pit mounds, concentrated at the northern end of the wood. There is also an old sandstone quarry in the north-east corner of the woodland.

A public footpath bisects the wood, with a number of subsiduary footpaths leading off this; one of which links to the footpath network through Benthall Edge Wood.

The Severn Gorge Countryside Trust manages Workhouse Coppice on behalf of the Woodland Trust.

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