As the name suggests Common Wood was once common land and, thanks to the efforts of local residents, it still is.
In 2002, the woodland was for sale in 15 plots. After much fundraising, the Penn and Tylers Green Residents Asssociation bought more than 250 acres to help preserve the area.
A Wild Service tree was planted in 2003 to commemorate the aquisition of the wood. In 2006, Chris, a project volunteer recorded the tree as special and noted that it had established well.
Chris also recorded this special tree in Common Wood. It is in fact, two trees which have grown in a remarkable manner. The distinctive grey colouring of the beech really adds to the effect.
Regulars of Common Wood all know the Elephant Tree as a landmark.