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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


Cutting is warm work


15/10/2017 - only a few hazel stools remain in the current coppice section but they are packed with large poles.  When the poles are growing close to one another it is warm work, especially with a chain saw, to cut them down without getting tangled up.  We cut just two stools on this session, but they were monsters.  Not much more to do here, a largest elm to fell and a couple more hazel and we're all done.

08/10/2017 - the leaves are slowly falling in the woods, but still many more to go before the trees are bare.  Time enough for some sunlit, colourful shots of maple, oak and ash leaves on the wood floor, but not today. 



  08/10/2017 - the coppice section on the main ride continues to grow in size with four more hazel stools cut today.  About five more, plus a large tree, to go and this section will be finished.



Conservation work party dates for the 2017-18 season are:

29 October
12th & 26th November
10th & 24 December
7th & 21st January 2018
4th & 18th February
4th & 18th March


Last Update 15/10/2017

Today we cut more hazel in the main ride's coppice section.  Another couple of sessions should see this bit finished.  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 windy day in Soar Mill Cove, Devon, thinking about swimming (we didn't).

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