Browns Wood is a Local Nature Reserve north of Clapham in Bedfordshire. It is owned and managed by Bedford Borough Council.
The site comprises newly planted and ancient semi-natural woodland of beech, larch and poplar.
Browns Wood was created as an area by Bedford Borough Council in 1995 with new trees being planted in the year 2000 to mark the millenium.
Planting was also carried out by the Duke of Bedford in the middle of the eighteenth century.
Ground flora include wood anemone and nettle leaved bellflower.
Nettle Leaved Bell Flower
and there are birds such as great spotted woodpeckers and song thrushes.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
It is the largest local wood with public access.
The 10 hectares of new planting on the slope with good views of the rural Ouse valley are the millennium trees.
View over Ouse Valley Philip Jeffrey
A hornbeam coppice at the southern end of the wood is a notable feature.
By car – Take the A6 East from Bedford (Clapham Road). Turn right at the roundabout into Twinwoods Road.
Brown’s Wood is signposted half way up.
By cycle – follow Milton Road to top of hill at north end of Clapham and turn right onto off-road track. Browns Wood is on the left.
Visitor facilities: Limited parking and most paths not suitable for less abled.