The Woods

The green space that the West Meade Conservancy seeks to preserve encompasses the wooded hillsides of West Meade containing western highland rim, a waterfall, and creeks.  On much of the ridgetop, there is sandy chert soil and historic drystone wall running for more than two and a half miles.

West Meade’s woods and ridges support species of flora and fauna rarely found within a big city.  Plants such as white azalea, appendaged waterleaf, and centuries-old chestnut oaks flourish here.

Ohio buckeye bud

Tall bellflower

Barred owls, several species of hawks, white-tailed deer, red foxes, box turtles and many smaller animals find a habitat amid the woods and creeks.

Barred owl

White-tailed deer

 

 

 


In addition, this area forms a link in an ecological corridor extending from Beaman Park (1), through Bells Bend Park (2), West Meade (3), the Hill Tract (4), Warner Parks (5)  to Radnor Lake (6).  Because of the chain of green spaces, there is sufficient acreage to allow resting places for birds on migratory journeys and to give larger birds and mammals suitable breeding sites.


The importance of West Meade’s wooded hillsides caused them to be chosen in 2010 as an asset “to preserve” by participants in the Metro Planning Commission’s West Nashville Community Character Plan.  More recently, West Meade’s woods and their role as part of an ecological corridor appear in The Davidson County Open Space Plan, the result of a collaboration between Metro Government and The Land Trust for Tennessee.  The plan was completed in 2011 after two years of study and discussion, with widespread participation by Nashville’s citizens.  [http://nashvilleopenspace.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/nashvilleopenspacereportfinal.pdf].


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