Please note that from Monday 10 October we will be carrying out essential path works in Green Lane Wood. This will be mean that the stretch of path from the country park into the woods will be closed for up to two weeks. There will also be some minor work being carried out on other paths within the wood. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but this work will mean that the wood will be more accessible, especially during the wetter months. 

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Trowbridge BA14 6DE
OS map 143 Grid ref: ST886577

  • Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • Total complex 91.46 hectares
  • Green Lane Wood 40.46 hectares

Green Lane Wood reserve map © WWT

This ancient oak woodland was left to us in 1991 by its previous owner who had lived in a cabin in the wood. In 1998 we purchased the wildflower meadow next to it. The wood connects with our Biss Wood nature reserve and Green Lane Nature Park – why not enjoy a walk through them all. The open part of the wood is coppiced, encouraging woodland flowers to grow. They include Solomon’s seal, stinking Iris and greater butterfly orchid.

In summer look for butterflies: silver-washed fritillary, Duke of Burgundy, purple hairstreak, speckled wood and white-letter hairstreak. Autumn offers striking leaf colour and fungi; and in January and February listen for the hammering of the great spotted woodpecker. The meadow is full of flowers from spring onwards - scarce adder’s-tongue fern, common knapweed and betony. It is light and damp beneath the pylons - ideal for wild angelica and ragged robin.

In the woodland you can find nuthatch and jay. Look out for a treecreeper walking up the side of a tree trunk in search of food. Roe and muntjac deer are hard to spot, but you might see grass snake and slow worm basking in sunshine. The rare Bechstein’s bat makes the wood its home. It roosts in hollow or rotten trees, although it has been known to use bird and bat boxes.

The rides are covered with stones making access easy. The pond just off the main ride was created by a stray World War II bomb.

Biss Wood - 21 hectares
Biss Wood was clear felled and replanted in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It is now a mix of deciduous trees managed in the traditional way by coppicing. It was given to us in 2012. It is crossed with sunny woodland rides, ditches and also has a pond. In summer purple hairstreak butterflies seek nectar high in the canopy. Bechstein’s bats hunt for insects at dusk and you can see birds such as bullfinch. Wildflowers grow along the sunny rides such as common spotted orchid, Solomon's seal, bugle and St John's wort. Biss Wood has 389 species of fungi. Look for them in the autumn: purple jellydisk fungus, lilac bonnet, green elf cup (which is a beautiful turquoise colour), and the yellow coloured dog vomit slime mould - otherwise known as flowers of tan. We are working with the Scouts of Wiltshire West to develop their Jubilee Wood Scout Camp site, which is sandwiched between Biss Wood and Green Lane Nature Park.

Green Lane Nature Park - 30 hectares
We are developing a nature park on land donated to us as part of the new housing development. We will plant native parkland trees, scrub and hedgerows to link the two woods so that wildlife can move between them. The woods support up to 11 species of bat including pipistrelle and greater and lesser horseshoe bats as well as the rare Bechstein’s bat. Birds found here include hobby and barn owl. We will plant wildflower plugs into the grassland to create a wildflower meadow, install paths and a picnic area and put up bird and bat boxes. The park will also house a reptile hibernaculum (a specially constructed refuge) and ponds.

Stinking Iris © Rob Large Jay © Ian Rose Muntjac © Darin Smith Dog vomit slime mould © Frankenstoen


It is intended that the main access to the whole site would be through the new housing development. Until building works are complete the main access is off the A350. Please take care pulling off / onto the A350 as the road can be very busy.

If driving - Near Trowbridge, just off the A350 Melksham to Westbury road (between the Hilperton/Steeple Ashton traffic lights and West Ashton traffic lights). Travelling from Melksham the reserve entrance can be found on the right hand side, 0.3 miles after Hilperton/Steeple Ashton crossroads. The reserve car park appears as a small break in woodland on right hand side of road. When approaching the reserve from Melksham it is easier and safer to go past reserve entrance and turn in large lay-by on left approx. 200 yards after, then approach reserve from opposite direction.

If using bus - Regular bus services to Trowbridge town centre. Route 66 town centre bus goes to Green Lane. Visit

If cycling - There are no designated National Cycle Routes in the vicinity. Visit

Other reserves nearby
Conigre Mead

Things to see locally - a'Beckett's Vineyard (7 miles), Lacock Abbey and village (8 miles), Bath Abbey and Roman Baths (9 miles), West Kennet Longbarrow (15 miles)

Green lane complex location map © WWT

(Photo: Green Lane Wood © Owain Shaw)