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Great Central Woodland

The Great Central Woodland is an area of woodland in the heart of the village. Once, much of it was part of the railway marshalling yard that was so important in the village until the 1960’s. It was purchased by the Parish Council in 2016 for the benefit of the community.

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee was set up by Parish Council to manage this woodland and wetland area on behalf of the Council for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Meet the Committee

Meet the committee who strive to make
the Woodland a beautiful place to walk.
Also details on how to contact them.

Meetings and News

The Management Committee meets regularly.
Follow what they are doing, find out details of meetings, and see all the Woodland news here.

History

Learn about the History of the woodlands and the roles Sir Edward Watkin and Peter Gascoigne had that ultimately gave us what we have today.

A Few Simple Rules

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the woodland so please make sure that your enjoyment doesn’t spoil it for others by keeping to these few simple rules.

  1. We ask dog walkers to please keep your dog under control. Clear up any mess and place in any of the village poo bins.
  2. Please don’t litter, take your litter home.
  3. No motorcycles or quad bikes in the woodland, wetland or on the paths.
  4. No fires or barbeques and no camping, please.
  5. Please take care. The Woodland is a natural habitat and is entered at your own risk. Woodford-cum-Membris Parish Council take no responsibility for any injuries incurred.
  6. If you see a problem, let us know! Email: hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org

The  Great Central Woodland is a resource for the whole community. As well as providing an open space for recreation the Woodland acts as a centre for local community projects.

The Memorial Glade

One of the first projects the Parish Council carried out in the Woodland was the creation of the Memorial Glade.

This area provides a quiet space in the Woodland and a commemoration for past residents of the village.

 

Memorial stone

You can find out more about the Memorial Glade, including how to request scattering of ashes or a memorial plate on this page.

 

Story Circle

Within the Woodland is a story-telling circle.

A place where parents can share picture books with their young children using the logs as seats.

Story Circle

The area can also be used for groups within the community such as the school children, mother and toddler groups, playgroups and nursery children.

It can be a great place to act out stories with children, such as searching for ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’.

Please help keep this facility nice for the children of the village and do not deface the logs or drop litter. Many thanks!

Thanks to Alan and Glen for the installation.

Community Projects

The  Great Central Woodland is a resource for the whole community. As well as providing an open space for recreation the Woodland acts as a centre for local community projects.

Current Community Projects

Sensory Gardens can be calming, therapeutic spaces that stimulate the senses of all, as a way of connecting better with nature by appealing to the senses of sound, smell, taste, sight and touch.

The Woodford Halse Kindness Group is hoping to create a sensory garden in the Woodland.

The Parish Council is making an area of land available next to the Co-op-Station Road path as this can be made wheelchair accessible.

The Great Central Woodland provides a great space for young people to experience and appreciate nature.

Forest Bees run woodland adventure and forest school sessions in the Woodland.

Woodford’s Great Central Woodland offers a great location for learning bush skills.

A community group is working with Will Lord Prehistoric Survival to create a permanent den in the woodland that will be a centre for learning bush skills.

 

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee is planning to set up a “Railway Heritage Trail” around the part of the woodland that was occupied by the railway wagon yards until the 1960’s.

The trail will have a series of boards next to paths in the woodland, indicating what used to be there and its importance for village history.

 

 

 

CEF Logo

The Parish Council initiated a project to create a new footpath, inside the woodland along the Byfield Road from the Cinder Path to Kitchen Lane. This new path was jointly funded through an HS2 Community & Environment Fund grant from HS2 and GroundWork and funding from the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy paid by local developers.

Here is a plan of the new pathway:

Top Path Plan

The patch of land beside the skew bridge on Station Road is being planted and maintained by the Woodford Halse Garden Club.

The area is intended to remember those who have suffered illness or the loss of loved ones and as a tribute to the work of the local community and key workers.

Planting includes 500 white narcissi bulbs to naturalise and multiply over the year donated by the club and additional plants provided by the Parish Council.

Do you think that your group could make use of the Woodland as the base for a community project?

Then please contact the team to discuss it: theteam@greatcentralwoodland.org

Special Woodland WOW Edition

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The Plan for Managing the Woodland

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Five Year Plan Review

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