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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 Car Park Tidy Up


16/09/2018 - on the non work party Sundays we shall be spending a bit of time getting the car park ready for winter.  The first job is to cut back the hedge and vegetation along the car park's boundary with the road.  The smaller side has been done first, warm work with a chain saw in the sun. I managed to cut half the hedge on the other side but ran out of time and definitely energy. The guelder rose bushes in the car park are loaded with red berries and their leaves are turning red as well. We'll leave these for the birds to feast on.

09/09/2018 - thanks to the efforts of volunteers Barbara, Jack, Tom, Graham and Oliver good progress has been made already on the new coppice section we have started to clear on Meer's ride.  Already quite a large clearing has been made with the non hazel trees being removed first.  In the following weeks we'll extend this section until it joins the plot coppiced in 2016.

02/09/2018 - the section of Meer's ride towards the entrance gate will be the first conservation job this season.  This area has not been coppiced for at 12 years and contains some really large hazel stools.  The shading from these trees has removed all the flora on the woodland floor.


Conservation work party dates are:

3rd Sept
7th & 21st Oct
4th & 18th Nov
2nd, 16th & 30 Dec
13th & 27th Jan 2019
10th & 24th Feb
10th & 24th Mar

Last Update 09/09/2018

Work parties have now begun for the 2018-19 season.  The first task this year is to coppice a section of Meer's ride.  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 recent family wedding, proof that we can still both scrub up quite well.

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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