Ardan Wood is the first site the Native Woodland Trust acquired which is an existing mature broadleaf woodland, and is potentially also an Ancient Woodland site, with tentative clues that it was present during the time of the Down survey (completed in 1658), potentially making it over 350 years old.
The wood is a seven acre horseshoe shaped site west of Tyrrellspass in Westmeath, and is in the main, a sloped site with varying aspect. It is currently believed the site is on the sides of a flat topped drumlin, and is near important esker woodlands. There is a very varied range of species of tree and shrub on the site - at last count, there are 20 different species!
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