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Bury Wood

'Bury Wood' by Anne Houghton

Bury Wood is ancient and it was on the Roman road from St Albans to St Paul's Walden and Hitchin. It was replaced in about 1815 by the B656 which is still known locally as "The New Road".

The wood has a variety of trees, some of them ancient. Species include beech, lime, oak as well as pine and butcher's broom. As its name suggests, butcher's broom was used for scrubbing butchers' blocks as well as cleaning chimneys and repelling rats and mice. In recent years charcoal has been made in the wood.

On Ordnance Survey maps, Bury Wood is shown as Walk Wood - if you know why, please get in touch.

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