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Welcome to the Waresley and Gransden Woods website

This website is dedicated to providing information on all topics relating to the Waresley and Gransden Woods reserves of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.  For directions to the reserve follow this link


A little bit of layering


07/10/2018 - I'm taking the opportunity of a bit of space in the coppice section to layer two hazel poles in the hope of growing two new hazel stools.  The cutting and bending of these poles, as shown above, looks a bit brutal but providing there is some bark and wood left intact the pole will continue to live.  Burying it should encourage new roots to form and then viola, a new tree.

30/09/2018 - after missing a Sunday session due to rain we were pleased to be able to get back to coppicing, in spite of the unexpected road closure to the reserve.

30/09/2018 - the coppice section is really beginning to open up now.  It's surprising how much shade is cast by just a couple of (admittedly large) hazel stools. 


Conservation work party dates are:

21st Oct
4th & 18th Nov
2nd, 16th & 30 Dec
13th & 27th Jan 2019
10th & 24th Feb
10th & 24th Mar

Last Update 07/10/2018

Work continues on the Meer's ride coppice section  Quite a large scallop of cleared hazel is now emerging.  Click here to see what we have achieved so far.

Want to see what the reserves looked like in December 1945?  Well you can now using Google Earth.  Click here for more details.




To learn more about the history of Waresley parish and the amenities it has to offer, click on this link to visit the village's website.
A pic from our recent holiday in East Devon, a couple more fossils found on Charmouth beach.

If you have any questions about the woods, require further information on work parties or wish to comment upon this website, you can contact me, Graham Moorby, Volunteer Warden at:








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