A first for Witney, this 11-acre area is now being managed by Witney Woodland Volunteers following an agreement in August 2010 with West Oxfordshire District Council. 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
We are part of the FoE Bee Saver programme – more details here
There are many pictures of the wood on our gallery site here.
A location plan (wood in bright green) is here
The Management Plan agreed with WODC is here
The original (1998) planting scheme for the wood is here
A list of flowers growing in the wood, updated monthly, is here
Photographs (mainly insects) taken by David Walker for the Nature Day, April 2017 here
On April 4th 2017, we installed two new notice boards at Deer Park Wood:
The information board can be seen here – click on the image for larger size.