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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


What a Smart Hedge (even if I say so myself)


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.

22/09/2019 - today was our first hazel coppicing session of this year's conservation season.  We're working in one of the quadrants of the "box junction" in Waresley wood.  First job was to clear away the ground cover so that we could reach the hazel stools.  This was done both by brush cutter and cutting by hand.  There's still a bit of bramble to be cut, which I'll finish on my next visit. 

22/09/2019 - We'll also be leaving as many hazel poles as possible for layering, but not until the ground gets a bit softer.  The aim of this layering is to increase the number of hazel stools in this section.


Conservation work party dates are:

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

Last Update 13/10/2019

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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