About Poynton Coppice Local Nature Reserve
Poynton Coppice Local Nature Reserve is an attractive woodland
rich in wildlife. It is thought to have been continuously wooded
for thousands of years, so is classed as an ancient woodland. Human
activities in the past have helped to shape a habitat with a great
variety of flora and fauna.
Part of the Coppice is privately owned, but an 8-hectare section
is owned by Cheshire East Council and is managed with wildlife in
mind. A circular path with steps, leads visitors from the
Middlewood Way into the heart of the woodland.
The woodland management strategy includes the reintroduction, in
part of the wood, of the traditional practice of coppicing. It may
surprise you to learn that a coppiced woodland can, over time,
develop a greater diversity of wildlife than an unmanaged
There is a public footpath through the woodland, together with a
short circular walk (with steps), which starts at the car park on
the Middlewood Way.