Bowlers Copse Woodland Project

About Bowlers Copse Project

Updated February 2014 

Despite the Copse looking more like a lake or holding pond, since December 24 2013, the volunteers have managed to continue work on the section nearest the village just across from the access bridge. 

Clearing, fencing against Muntjac and some additional planting of hazel has taken place. 

During the last few year a sign has been obtained, a small message designed. When the weather is warmer and the copse is drier the sign to mark 10 complete years work will be put up in the copse. 


About the Project

The Woodland Project in Bowlers's Copse was formed with the intention of restoring some of the ancient woodland in the locality so as to provide physical activity and fresh air for volunteers from Wendlebury and Chesterton and to encourage villagers to participate in a long term community venture. We have undertaken to restore a remnant of Bowlers Copse which has hazel and widely spaced oak trees. When work started in the winter of 2003 the copse was mostly overgrown with brambles and ivy. Most of the original hazel had died and been replaced by Hawthorn, Aspen and Ash and many of these were in poor condition.

Since that date the project has cleared much of the unwanted growth and planted 1,700 new Hazel. The original hazel 'stools' which had survived have been coppiced and are now producing useful timber. Two access bridges have been built and the copse now has a path which meanders through the whole length and around the pond at the Northern perimeter. In addition to the new Hazel we have also planted other native species including Spindle, Purging Blackthorn, Rose Guelder and Wild Plum. Some but not all have grown on.

Part of the original vision was to involve the local community in a very long term project and we hope that others will join us and learn more about the way our forefathers lived, renewable energy, craft skills, native trees plants and animals. Along the way we hope that we will improve the community by getting people involved in enjoyable outdoor activity and would like to see the range of activities associated with the copse broaden.

But at the end it is all a matter of attitudes and preference. There is no particular reason why we should not use plastic clothes pegs produced in a China rather than use locally made wooden ones - or is there?