A first for Witney, this 11-acre area is now being managed by Witney Woodland Volunteers following an initial 10-year agreement in August 2010 with West Oxfordshire District Council. We have negotiated a further 10-year licence which now extends to 2030. Our approved plan is to manage and develop the land actively and to improve it as an environmental resource for the benefit of the wildlife and local residents.The site has a central grassed area (pale green on the plan above), surrounded by mounds planted with mixed woodland species.
Improving the wood will take many years, but we have already made great strides, with autumn mowing, litter picking, weeding out invasive plants and pruning shrubs and trees where needed.
We have planted a selection of hedging, hardwood trees, woodland trees, wildflower areas and an orchard of fruit trees. There will follow many years of woodland maintenance in line with our long-term management plan.
Oak bench seating has been provided in three locations, and a log seating area (also suitable for picnics) offers an outdoor classroom for local schools.
Considerate dog walking is encouraged.
Download a leaflet about the wood here
A map of Witney showing the location of the wood is on our resources page here
A database of flowering plants on site is available here
A database of bird and mammal sightings is here
A list of moth species observed on our Nature Day 2018 is here
A list of butterflies, moths and insects seen each month is here
Photographs (mainly insects) taken by David Walker for Nature Day 2017 are here
We are part of the FoE Bee Saver programme – more details here
The original (1998) planting scheme for the wood is here
You can see footage from our wildlife camera here
The current Licence agreed with WODC is available here
On April 4th 2017, we installed two new notice boards at Deer Park Wood: