An undulating woodland filled with a mix of English hardwoods including hornbeam and oak. Maeldun Wood has been woodland since ancient times. The unusual name is derived from the local area of Maldon which was first attested in 913 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it appears as Maeldun. Maldon's name comes from Mael meaning 'monument or cross' and dun meaning 'hill', so translates as 'monument on the hill'. East Saxons settled the area in the fifth century and the area to the south is still known as the Dengie peninsula after the Dæningas.

Maeldun Wood forms the front part of a much larger area of private woodland known as Chantry Wood. Being part of a larger woodland has many benefits, especially for the wildlife. Badgers, muntjac deer and foxes are often seen. A recent survey counted over thirty different birds that inhabit this area including green woodpeckers, wrens and coal tits.

As you enter the woodland the ground undulates gently away from you. A seasonal stream fills a gully to your right and during springtime a wonderful display of bluebells carpet the woodland floor. A bench has been built in the centre of this area so please take some time to sit here and enjoy the surroundings. A well defined deer rack runs in front of the bench and if you sit very quietly at dawn or dusk you may see one of the resident muntjac deer.

The north side of the woodland is more open and filled with beech and hornbeam whilst the southern side has oaks, silver birch and hazel coppice. A patch of bramble located in a gully provides great cover and food for wildlife.


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