Beechbrae Wood is a young 35 acre woodland that stretches across the north of most of Blackridge, West Lothian.  There several very tall beech trees (at least 200 years old) in a row along the south border as well as a few circles in the middle along a ridge. The woodland is mostly gently sloping southward on a hill. Hence it is called Beechbrae.Beechbrae Wood SummerThe trees are 16 years old and are just reaching the stage where the tree canopy is beginning to form. This is an important stage in the woodland creation as it leads to blocked light to the ground making the grasses die back and the types of plants in the undergrowth will begin to change.

Beechbrae Wood Summer 2

There are many points of access to the woodland as well as several public rights of way and walking paths.

Beechbrae Wood Summer 3

The woodland is also located south of Blawhorn Moss (SSE) which means that the woodland has a significant water problem in general, but especially west of the orchard. The trees are roughly a 60/40 mix of broadleaf (60%) and conifer (40%) of any type of tree you can imagine growing in Scotland (Ash, Alder, Elm, Oak, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Rowan, Sycamore, Beech, Scots pine, Larch and Sitka Spruce & more).

Beechbrae Wood Summer 3