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Aston on Trent Brickyard Plantation is an area of secondary woodland plus mixed woodland planting and a wildflower meadow on the site of a former clay pit and brick works.
The secondary woodland on the north of the site that was not quarried away by the brickworks has no public access and is leased to an archery club.
Concessionary paths run through the remainder of the site in the mixed woodland that was planted in 1979 and the wildflower meadow situated in the centre of the site. It is being managed by a local volunteer group based in the village and also by us, as the meadow is included in our Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme. Management work includes thinning out the plantations, new tree and shrub planting to improve the mix of species present, mowing sections of the meadow and restoration by reseeding the northern part of the meadow where invading scrub and bramble has been cleared.
Regular butterfly monitoring has been carried out on the site since 2000 with over 20 species regularly seen each year. A butterfly bank on the northern end of the meadow was constructed by the volunteers in 2014.
As a result of the work by the Friends of Aston Brickyard to improve habitats and manage the site for wildlife, the site was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2019.
Woodland with public access
Brickyard Plantation is at the side of Derby Road on the north edge of the village just before the bridge over the A50 dual carriageway. Access on foot is on the west side of the road next to the vehicle gate (Ordnance Survey grid ref SK4142 3035).
There is no public parking at this site.
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