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Site Information: Alice Holt

Sponsoring organisation(s)

Forestry Commission (through Forest Research)

Network(s) this site belongs to
UK Environmental Change Network
UK Environmental Change Biodiversity Network

Site characteristics

Min Altitude 76m

Site boundaries are indicated with a black line.
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Max Altitude 125m
Area of Site 850ha
Mean annual temperature* 10.6oC
Mean annual rainfall* 831mm
* calculated from the ECN Data Centre database
Information held about this site
View a list of datasets collected at this site
View a list of publications about this site


The history of Alice Holt forest can be traced back over 2000 years and is believed to have originated during the Atlantic period. Iron Age and Roman relics found within the forest point to a long history of human inhabitation. The forest has belonged to the crown since William the Conqueror adopted it as a Royal Hunting Forest. The Forestry Commission has actively managed the forest since 1924 and it has been the focus of research activities since 1946.

Alice Holt Forest Park covers 851 hectares of mainly Corsican pine but approximately 140 ha. of original 1820 oak still remain. The ancient forest is now a truly multi-purpose woodland where research, conservation, timber production and recreation co-exist.

Forest Research


Related links

  • Forest Research have developed a dedicated web site for the ECN site at Alice Holt.
  • Photographic Archive of Alice Holt: Each week a digital photo of Alice Holt is taken and archived as a record of conditions at the site.
  • Sue Benham (Forest Research) has developed a Forestry Commission Research Note reviewing the long-term datasets collected at the Alice Holt ECN site. The trends in the data, including the impacts of climate change and pollution, are explored.
  • This site is part of the COSMOS-UK network. COSMOS (the Cosmic-ray Soil Moisture Observing System UK), is a new network that will deliver real-time weather monitoring and field scale measurements of soil moisture across the United Kingdom.



Mrs Sue Benham

Forest Research
CESB, Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LH

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