This small delicate flower is an indicator of ancient woodland, which means you are standing in a very special and rare habitat.
It is a slow growing plant (1.83 metres / 6ft in a 100 years) which spreads via rhizomes – horizontal underground stems.
Coppicing helps sunlight to reach the wood floor and encourages the growth of this little flower
It’s loved by hoverflies which pollinate it.
Wood anemones are named after the Greek god Anemos, who sent the flowers ahead of him in spring.
The Romans considered wood anemones a ‘lucky charm’ and would pick the first flowers each year to ward off fever.