NEWS

The woods remain open during the Covid19 crisis for use in accordance with Government regulations for exercise purposes. Users should adhere to government guidance on hygiene and social distancing. Please take any litter home with you, and cycling is not permitted. Regular maintenance work has ceased although the woods are checked regularly by our volunteers. Some paths may become more difficult to use and extra care should be taken for obstructions and hazards.

In common with other local woods these woods are being affected by Ash Dieback. As a result of the infection Ash trees can become brittle and unstable. Works are being carried out to fell infected trees on a risk based approach giving priority to closeness to paths and boundaries. We are following Forestry Commission guidelines and where possible Ash trees will be left to follow natural processes and it is hoped that some may have resistance to the infection. Natural regeneration will then occur with new trees growing from the seed bank in open areas. We are carrying out an assessment of all Ash trees in Oakwood and Sparrowgrove in order to formulate a short, medium and long term plan.

All of this work requires professional paid tree surgeons and consultants. This is expensive work so any donations either one offs or standing orders are very welcome to enable us to continue to keep the woods open and well maintained.

Please do not deposit 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.