The chalk bank was formed in
the 1960s when the hillside was cut away to enable roads and houses
to be constructed. The remainder is woodland, scrub and rough grass.
Mature trees include oak, beech, sycamore, horse chestnut, Norway
maple and ash.
The chalk face has a good range of plant species, including several typical
chalk grassland plants, e.g. privet, agrimony, wild mignonette, perforate
St John's-wort, bird's-foot trefoil, fairy flax, hoary plantain and quaking
grass. A rare fungus (Volvariella bombycina) and common spotted orchid
have previously been recorded, and many species of butterfly.
The Henley Wildlife Group
manages the site on behalf of Henley Town Council. They installed
the "39 steps" down the western side of the site
to Valley Road and planted a hedge at the bottom to contain