Arden is an area of England, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon in the county of Warwickshire. It was formerly known as the Forest of Arden, and it is believed that Shakespeare’s mother was named Mary Arden.
The arden is one of the most prominent areas of rural beauty in England. It borders the Cannock Chase AONB to the north and Cotswolds AONB to the south.
There are numerous rivers that flow through the arden, including the River Cole and the River Blythe. The arden is also home to a number of national parks and nature reserves.
It is a popular destination for tourists and visitors, particularly during the autumn and winter seasons when the temperatures can be very low. The area has several pubs, restaurants and cafes where visitors can enjoy a drink or meal whilst taking in the scenery.
The arden is home to many ancient monuments and sites of interest. These include the Coughton Cross, a medieval era wayside cross situated at the southern boundary of the forest. It is a site of historical significance and may have been used as a place to pray for safe passage in the past.
During the medieval period, the Forest of Arden was a densely forested area which is believed to have been subject to forest law. This meant that landowners were obliged to plant a minimum of two acres of timber, and also that no lands were allowed to be sold unless the owner agreed to the sale. The area was also subject to a number of restrictions, including the prohibition of hunting and fishing, and a ban on building new houses in the forest, as well as the requirement that all buildings within the forest be of wood or stone construction.
This was due to the density of the forest and the dangers of wild animals living there, as well as a need to protect the soil from erosion. The forest also provided an important habitat for birds and other wildlife, such as squirrels and owls.
In the twentieth century, the arden was a popular holiday destination with people from all over the world, including those who were on a pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon. Tourists come to the arden to visit its famous castle, explore the forests and countryside, or enjoy the local amenities.
Tourism is an important economic driver for the arden. It employs around 1,700 people and is responsible for about 5% of the overall economy in the region.
Throughout the arden there are several places of interest, which include museums and historic houses. The arden is also a popular place for music festivals, which draw people from across the country and beyond.