Know before you go
Parking informationNearest parking Whisby Nature Park, LN6 9BW, £1 - £2; please do not use Willows Nursery car park to access the woodland
There is a circular visitor route around the main ride in the middle of the wood
There is no-where to park at Tunman Wood. The wood can be accessed using public footpaths from Whisby Nature Park through Thorpe-on-the-Hill. The woodland paths can become muddy in wet weather
When to visit
Opening timesAll year round
Best time to visitFebruary to August
About the reserve
Tunman Wood has existed as woodland since at least 1774 and is reputed to have been used as a cross country route by the Knights Templar. From the 1940s, when it was leased to the Forestry Commission, much of the wood was planted with conifers with areas of Norway spruce, Corsican pine and western hemlock. Much of this was felled in 2016 and replanted with oak and other broad-leafed trees. Despite being extensively managed in the past to provide timber it retains the characteristics of ancient woodland.
Plant life thrives on the open rides, woodland edges and banks, with species such as primrose, bluebell, water avens, dog’s mercury, wild arum, red campion and celandine. It is recommended to visit in spring and summer when birdsong and a range of woodland and grassland flowers provide varied interest.
Nearest postcode LN6 9EA. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.