It is likely that the wood suffered considerably damage during the storms of 1987 and 1990 and this would have had a serious impact on that early 50’s plantings. Restocking would have then taken place following clearance of the windblow.
However, anecdotal evidence suggests that the woodland was defoliated with the chemical 245T prior to a significant felling of oak which was then use for pit props in the mines in Nottinghamshire. This would explain the distinct lack of mature specimen trees. This aerial application of this quite nasty herbicide would have perhaps coincided with wood during the latter part of WW2 with restocking taking place in the early 50’s. Other evidence suggested this aerial application took place during the 70’s?
There is a great ride network which has been and will be opened up and maintained for many reasons including, management, access, wildlife and biodiversity.