NEWS

2019 Easter Egg Hunt – this popular event now in it’s second year ran over the Easter Weekend and attracted much interest from both Otterbourne and Compton. The key audience the children had a great time and parents were very happy as well enjoying our raffle and other distractions. As always we are grateful to those who supported us including Otterbourne Parish Council and NISA Otterbourne Stores. Many thanks for all the kind donations which were made to the charity.

Thanks to the continued support from members of the public and the two parish councils we have undertaken some felled wood clearance in Sparrowgrove Wood and will shortly start a management programme alongside Sparrowgrove road itself.

Please use these wood but we would appreciate any help you can offer either time, funding or both. All donations either one off or regular standing orders can be ‘gift aided’ to give us extra benefits.

Working parties meet on the first Sunday of the month (with the odd exception) at 10.30 am, at the gate in Sparrowgrove Road near Richmond Close ending by 1pm. If you want to join please let us know or just turn up! Many thanks to all of you who join these monthly working parties.

A polite plea to our neighbours please do not deposit garden waste, grass cuttings etc. in our woods, its bad for the habitat can attract rodents, and may encourage fly tipping. We would draw your attention to our boundary policy which is contained in more detail in the woodland management section of this website.

Background

Sparrowgrove and Oakwood Copse Conservation Trust (SOCCT) is a Charitable Trust set up in 2009. It purpose was to purchase these 33 acres of natural woodland across two close sites and then to manage them for continued conservation, recreation and education for local residents. It was, and continues to be, funded by local donations assisted by the two local Parish Councils and the HMRC Gift Aid scheme. It is managed by local trustees assisted by local volunteers.

If you wish to become a member, there is no fee, just a commitment to a £5 winding up fee in the unlikely event that the company was ever wound up. Joining the membership group allows you the opportunity to influence the running of the woods, appointment of trustees etc.

The latest accounts, blank membership, donation and standing order forms, a summary woodland management plan, newsletters, can all be found on the downloads page.