Cople Wood

 

  

About Cople Wood

 

Cople Millennium Wood is a small (8 acre /3ha) woodland situated to the south of the village of Cople and situated adjacent to Water End, a hamlet of Cople. The site grid reference is TL103476. The area is a rural, ex-farmland and has scattered cottage to the east and a mix of arable and horse paddocks elsewhere. There are views to the west of Cardington Airship Sheds and south to the wooded Greensand Ridge. 

 

The wood was planted in the winter of 1998/99 by local people and the Woodland Trust on a former arable field and is a mix of native trees such as wild cherry, hazel, silver birch, oak and ash with a small orchard in the south-west corner. The wood is now run by Cople Parish Council, on a lease from the Woodland Trust and the vision for the wood is to run a vibrant community partnership-led woodland project with provision made to allow both people and wildlife to benefit from, and enjoy, the woodland and its varying habitats. Areas of maturing, semi-natural woodland with carpets of native woodland plants and a varied structure of trees interspersed with wide, scalloped rides and glades will enrich the area with a great diversity of age ranges, management methods and structures which will enable a wide range of habitats to be enjoyed by all. Wide woodland rides, glades and areas of coppice will add to the diversity and people will be able to enjoy the woodland diversity in all forms of quiet contemplation. 

 

The wood has open access for walkers throughout the year and is crossed by a public footpath runs along the outside of the southern and western boundaries and a further one which runs NW to SE through the centre of the site as well as a network of mown rides throughout the wood. 

 

To date, 58 plants, 13 fungi and 48 birds have been recorded in the wood.

 

Between October and March regular working parties are held in the wood and are a good opportunity to manage the wood, have an occasional bonfire, get fit and meet friends from the village. 

 

To find out more and to get involved, please contact: Steve Halton, Email: stevehalton@gmail.com