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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


Hazel Layering


27/10/2019 - as the ground was soft with all the recent rain I thought today would be a good time to do a bit of hazel layering.  This is where we try and grow new hazel trees from existing ones.  A pole from the original hazel stool is cut, bent over and buried in the ground, where it will hopefully root.

This is particularly needed in this season's coppice section as hazel coverage is patchy and limited to one edge of the section.  With a bit of luck layering will allow us to double the number of hazels and extend their coverage much more.  The poles left standing in the image below are all potential candidates for this treatment.

13/10/2019 - rainy weather again this Sunday so didn't fancy the trek into the woods to the coppice section.  Instead we spent more time on the car park hedge, close enough to shelter in the car when the rain got too much.  The hedge now is cut for this year.  We have also made a good start on cutting back the large bramble bush in this area to more manageable dimensions. 

05/10/2019 - on this visit we were able to cut down four more hazel stools in the box junction coppice section.  This made quite a difference.  As with our last visit, poles have been left on each stool to give us plenty of choice for layering later.  Just a couple of large stools and several small ones left to coppice here now.


Conservation work party dates are:

 3rd & 17th Nov
1st, 15th & 29th Dec
12th & 26 Jan 2020
9th & 23rd Feb
8th & 22nd Mar

Last Update 30/10/2019

Both sides of the car park hedge are now cut.  We have spent two sessions working on a coppice section in the woods.  Click here to see our progress 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 on the beach from this year's holiday in Devon.  As usual we have had to go incognito, Barbara in shades whilst I'm barely disguised in a funny hat. 

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