Sherston Parish Council rents Grove Wood for a peppercorn rent from a local farmer for the enjoyment of the village. The trees are mainly hazel, oak and sycamore and have not been managed for many years. From 2009 when a Tree Warden and deputy were appointed there has been an active programme starting with an Open Morning in December 2009 to attract volunteers. We were very fortunate that a local arborist, John Lloyd, came forward and has guided us into a management programme beginning in January 2010. The first third, Mill End, was cleared of brambles etc and the old hazel stools were coppiced over several very cold Sundays. Nesting boxes were attached to trees and snowdrops were planted by the river In the summer the Cotswold Wardens began making steps up into the wood for what will be a circular woodland path.
The next phase is to clear and coppice the middle section, called Riverside, and the paths will be improved and made more accessible into the higher part of the wood. Volunteers are very welcome.
We invite people to participate in a survey called Woodwatch by entering anything they have seen, heard or photographed below. This could be plants, animals, birds, insects or anything else biological! Please date when you made your observation.
Tree Warden: Irene Johnston 01666841273 ie_Johnston@yahoo.co.uk
Deputy:Sue McKechnie 01666 840601 firstname.lastname@example.org