Ness Wood is a remnant of extensive natural oakwoods. With the plantation of Ulster in the seventeenth century, the wood was allotted to the Grocer's Company and subsequently to the Stevenson Estate. These new owners clear-felled the oaks and introduced beech, sycamore, sweet chestnut, silver fir, larch, cherry laurel and rhododendron. However, the steep-sided nature of Ness restricts the removal of timber and this, combined with vigorous natural regeneration, has ensured the continued survival and predominance of native species. These are mainly the oak, birch, rowan and holly, along with ash, hazel, alder, willow and elm.
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