Clive Briffett suggested the idea of a community woodland, and led the project while Chair of the Friends of South Hinksey and later the Parish Council. Thanks to his enthusiasm the idea became reality. In 2008, volunteers planted 3000 trees on 2 hectares of land by Chilswell Path. The area is located on a patch of former arable land on the south side of the A34, between the golf course and the garden centre. The land is owned by the Parish Council. The trees are a mix of oak, ash and other native trees and shrubs.
The work was paid for by grants from the Doris Field Foundation, the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, the Forestry Commission and individual payments made by parishioners. We are most grateful to all for their kind generosity.
The layout of the woodland was designed by the Oxfordshire Woodland Project, a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and others. David Rees of the Project says “broadleaved woodland is great for wildlife and as a place for people to unwind. In future, we hope the trees will grow into good timber for construction.”
The woodland is currently managed for the Parish Council by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Site meetings take place quarterly and the notes of those meetings are presented to the Parish Council.
Do come and see how this bare open field has been transformed into new woodland.