Historians believe that West Wood has existed as a distinct working woodland for aproximately fifteen hundred years. During this time there are records of the woods being used for the gathering of fuel, and many areas still show signs of a long history of coppicing.
There are also Roman remains, and several large bronze-age burial mounds, including six scheduled ancient monuments. Although Rank conducted some superficial investigations, very little exploration has been carried out. We are expecting the C4 archaeology 'Time Team' in the woods early in 1998.
If the development is allowed to go ahead, it is inevitable that many of the wood's secrets will be lost forever.