The woods in this area are special because they are one of the few areas of woodlands characterised by small-leaved lime remaining in Britain. Many of the woods have ancient origins. In the 11th century the Domesday Survey recorded a concentration of woodland in central Lincolnshire, centred on the Limewoods area. Over time, many of the woods have been lost or dramatically changed.
Those that remain are important habitats for species that are locally or nationally threatened. Many of the woods are collectively designated as the Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve in recognition of their importance for nature conservation.
As well as ancient woodlands, a number of Scheduled Monuments are found across the Limewoods area. These include the Witham Abbeys, a series of medieval religious houses developed along the Witham Valley which forms the southern boundary of the Limewoods area. The valley has a fascinating history with important archaeological finds dating back to the Iron Age.
A series of Publications have been produced to help you explore the Limewoods area including walking and cycle routes, site guides and abbeys leaflets. Our What’s On programme is packed full of events, activities and volunteering opportunities – the perfect way to discover more about this fascinating area.