On Sunday 1 December the volunteers who look after Peatmoor Community Woodland in West Swindon are holding a visitor open morning between 10.30am and 1pm.
The area is a rare example of a wet woodland which has been a carbon store for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. As a result, it is a biodiverse and ecologically important site preserved within an urban setting.
Volunteers will be demonstrating the ancient art of coppicing – cutting down hazel trees in a fixed rotation to allow them to regenerate over the following seven years. We’ll also be showing off the equally old technique of hedge laying whereby trees are partially cut and woven into a barrier. The trees will then continue to grow strongly to make the hedge stronger.
Please come along to find out more about the history of the copse and see what volunteers have been doing over the last 31 years since the group was formed to sustain woodland management techniques of the past. Children are most welcome to come along, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Group artist Marilyn Trew has decorated 70 Peatmoor Pebbles to be taken away or hidden around the copse.
How to find us:
The map coordinates are 51.575150,-1.841087.
View on OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.
There are three entrances to the wood – from the footpath adjacent to New Meadow Copse, from close to Whitefield Crescent (off Swinley Drive), from the footpath that runs from the roundabout where Roughmoor Way and Peatmoor Way meet. The entrance stile is close to the bridge that runs over the stream.
Please walk or cycle, or use the Fisherman’s car park off Peatmoor Way.
Please note: The woodland is kept in a natural state, although there are boardwalks over wet areas. The ground is very uneven and there are exposed tree roots across paths that pose a trip hazard. It is also muddy and slippery, so wear old clothing and strong footwear. The nearest toilets will be found at the Woodlands Edge pub, about 600 metres away at Roughmoor Village Centre.