Thickthorn Wood is a piece of ancient woodland to the west of Ashow in Warwickshire. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, it used to be part of the Stonleigh estate, and is now owned by orthopaedic surgeon Marcus Green. The woodland has beautiful bluebells in the spring and a range of indigenous trees including some rather spectacular sweet chestnut and oak trees. It is used by local residents for cycling, walking and jogging as an oval path runs around it.
To find it go to OS Map 140 reference SP 3055 7055. It is just to the south east of the A46, which borders it on the east and just to the west of a village called Ashow. The wood starts at the Kenilworth junction of the A46 running north and on most maps is labelled Thickthorn wood.
There are plans to plant between 7000 and 10,000 trees and to run research forestry projects. As it is now part of the NHS Forest, there is the possibility to run therapeutic projects there too. For the time being however, the main function of this beautiful woodland is to be a place of rest, respite and ecotherapy for anyone who wishes to walk, cycle or jog there. Research has shown that spending time in forests can have a significant positive impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing. As a fine example of how something so simple can bring such great health benefits, it was chosen as October's site of the month.