Knockmandown wood was an area of woodland fringing medieval meadowland. As a part of the Romilly estate the woodland was managed and coppiced producing a very different habitat from the other woods nearby with a carpet of primroses and orchids.
In the 1950s the local authorities undertook large planting schemes of larch and beech. The woodland is now even-aged with an open canopy and well-developed shrub and ground layers.
This gives the woodland a light, open feel that allows plants such as ground ivy, ferns and stinking iris and beautiful primroses and butterfly orchid.
There are many tree species in the woodland too, including sycamore, hazel, beech, birch, beech and oak. Smaller trees include elder, bramble, blackthorn, guelder rose, holly, wych elm, hazel, spindle and dogwood.
Knockmandown wood is the first point of contact for many people and has a new trail running through it.