A “magical” secret forest in the middle of one of Europe’s biggest industrial parks is being opened up to the public.

The six acre ancient woodlands is located next to Wrexham Industrial Estate and belongs to the family firm Jones Village Bakery

The bakery has created a nature trail, installed benches and created three ponds as a way to allow staff to have a place to walk and relax on their break.

The site is used by staff at the new 140,000 sq ft super bakery however the company hope other companies on the estate will utilise the green space. 

Jaz Robinson, The Village Bakery’s environment champion, said: "It’s a great place to come at lunchtime because you can switch off from work and be at one with nature."

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There are plans to set aside part of the site for allotments where bakery staff can grow their own fruit and vegetables.

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The Erlas Black Wood was once part of a large area of medieval hunting parkland before most of the land was industrialised during the Second World War.

The woodland includes native species like oak, ash and willow and it’s known there are tawny owls nesting there, as well as being an important habitat for greater crested newts.

Beneath the canopy of trees, the woodland is carpeted with an array of colourful plants including Wood Anemones, Wild Garlic, Dog Violets and Early Purple Orchids.

Working in an eco-friendly manner is important to Village Bakery according to the managing director Robin Jones.

He said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have Erlas Black Wood which is a green oasis bang in the heart of Wrexham Industrial Estate which is the second largest in the UK and one of the biggest in the UK.

“We’ve given the woods to the community on a 50 year lease and my message is: ‘Please come and enjoy it, come and see what’s on your doorstep’.

“It’s probably one of Wrexham’s best kept secrets but it truly is a really magical place and we want more people to come and discover it.”