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Parks and Green Spaces

Nature Reserves

We work with Pershore Town Council and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to look after Avon Meadows Community Wetlands and Local Nature Reserve in Pershore.

We also work in partnership with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to manage two other local nature reserves in the area.

Read more about the Avon Meadows project.

Droitwich Community Woods

Droitwich Community Woods  Droitwich Community Woods Saltmarsh

Ombersley Way, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0RW

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Droitwich Community Woods is a tranquil place, although close to Droitwich Town and many roads there are many quiet places where you are surrounded by the woods and water courses that are ideal for reflection.

It is a green flag award accredited local nature reserve located within the Salwarpe Valley, approximately 1.5km from the town centre. The nature reserve is managed in partnership with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, who support groups of local and roving volunteers to carry out conservation activities on site and bring education groups.

There is a small car park on Ombersley Way. There are three waymarked trails that lead visitors through the woodland that all start and end at the small car park. The Knapweed trail is the most accessible route with gentle slopes, but unsurfaced paths become muddy in wet conditions, it is ½ mile (800m). The Bullfinch trail is 1 mile (1500m) and the Marbled white trail ½ mile (800m).

We have trails available for you to download in .GPX format onto your phone. You may need to download the GPX Viewer app.

default Bullfinch Trail (62 KB)

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You can also download a PDF version of all the trails to print off or view on your phone.

pdf Download the Droitwich Woods Trail map (12.84 MB)

The open space covers a total of 30.3 hectares and offers of a mixture of deciduous woodland, scrub habitat, grassland, meadows and riverbanks. The area is divided by the A38 (Roman Way), Ombersley Way, Chawson Lane, River Salwarpe, Droitwich Canal and the main railway line to Birmingham.

The habitats include saltmarsh, which is a rare find in this in-land location. The area overlies salt-bearing rock strata laid down over 200 million years ago. The strata were close enough to the surface for saline springs to occur and salt extraction to take place from the Roman period onwards. The marshes have developed here as a result of saline water in the River Salwarpe, the local springs, streams and ditches.

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What to look out for in Droitwich Woods

Birds: kingfishers, kestrel, green woodpecker, bullfinch

Trees: wild pear, sweet chestnut, oak, poplar, wych elm

Flora: primrose, yellow rattle, knapweed, oxeye daisy, bluebell, lesser sea-spurrey, dittander.

Butterflies: red admiral, peacock, marbled white

Other insects: glow worms (they are beetles despite their name!), dragon flies, damsel flies,


Occasional guided walks and family nature activities take place, check our social media for any upcoming activities that may be planned.

The woods are frequently visited by educational groups from primary school through to university level. If you would like to bring a school group for a river study or other outdoor educational activity, please contact Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for more information.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust support a group of volunteers who regularly carry out conservation and access works in the woods.

Please see Droitwich Community Woods | Worcestershire Wildlife Trust ( for contact details;

Visit WDC Park Facebook page and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Facebook page for further information.

A trail guide detailing other paths through the woods is available, information can be found on the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust leaflet.

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Broadway Gravel Pit

The local nature reserve is sited to the west of Broadway on an area previously used for gravel extraction until 1957.  

It now contains a variety of semi-natural habitats ranging from seasonal open water, to marsh and dry areas of grassland with scrub. The diversity of habitats has resulted in a great range of species being present on the site. Over 100 species of flowering plants have been recorded as well as many bird, mammal and invertebrate species, some of which are only found in wetland habitats such as this site supports.

For more information on the Gravel Pit visit the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust website.

Further information

For more information on Droitwich Community Woods and Broadway Gravel Pit contact the Parks Team on 01386 565000 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out more about Avon Meadows or how to get involved with the Friends of Avon Meadows, please contact our Wetlands for All Project Officer, Liz Etheridge on 01386 565217 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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