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Cowleaze Wood

Photo by John Morris, Chiltern Woodlands projectCowleaze Wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. There is a great mix of habitats in this small wood and plenty of paths to explore. The bluebells in May are like a blue carpet and well worth a visit.

Due to a lack of funding, the successful collaboration with the Sculpture Trust has come to an end. The sculptures are currently being removed from the woodland by the Sculpture Trust.

Halifax bomberTragically, on the 31st March 1944 an Halifax bomber LW 579 crashed in the wood.  All seven of the crew died and are remembered in a memorial at the site.  The crew were returning from a bombing raid in Nuremburg along with 1000 other planes.  The night was unexpectedly clear allowing German fighter planes with anti-aircraft guns to attack.

Cowleaze Wood inspired artists to submit the following works into our 2008 Special Woods Art Competition:

'Dappled path' by Ticia Lever

'Cowleaze colours' by Ticia Lever

Getting There

Cowleaze Wood has a car park

Location

Near Stokenchurch

OS Map

Sheet 165: Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard

Grid Reference

SU725955

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