We would like to thank all those who have given support to this project from the local community, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Forestry England, Grown in Britain, the Freshwater Habitats Trust, Alvecote and Shuttington Parish Council, Maurice Arnold (sadly now passed away), and all the contractors and friends, family and volunteers who have worked on the site and given us advice and support.

We are developing Alvecote Wood according to our Woodland Management Plan that has been agreed with and grant-aided by Forestry England under the English Woodland Grant Scheme.

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During the COVID lockdown we made a video tour that shows the Woods in the Spring of 2020. I hope you enjoy it:


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Alvecote Wood was featured in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry from the Royal Forestry Society in April 2014 - pdf here.

Alvecote Wood in 1650

Read about our reconstruction of the land around Alvecote Wood in 1650 and view the map of the area at that time

Alvecote Wood was officially voted the best managed small woodland in England in the Royal Forestry Society Best of England awards 2014! Read more on our news page, and read our story in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry

Listen to Farming Today from BBC Radio 4 from our woods, October 2015.

Take our video tour with Sarah's commentary to see our beautiful woods:


In July 2007, Stephen was riding past a neglected piece of woodland near Tamworth in Staffordshire, a piece of woodland that had intrigued us both for a number of years and which Stephen had been interested in buying some years ago, but missed the opportunity.

Then he spotted a "For Sale" sign in the ditch and thought he'd missed the opportunity again! ...But he hadn't. After checking with local conservation groups and dialogue with the owners that ended with a nervous wait for the sealed-bid auction results, we became the proud owners of 11 acres of ancient semi-natural woodland in the far North of Warwickshire, consisting of some 150 or more large oak trees and a variety of other tree species, in October 2007. Little did we know how much this would change our lives!

Alvecote woods - clearing and ponds

In October 2010 we managed to purchase an additional 9 acres of adjacent arable field, and planted this with over 5500 native trees, another 500+ naturally-regenerating trees, new hedgerow, wildflower meadows and ponds to create Betty's Wood, and to link Alvecote Wood with other wildlife sites in the area as part of a larger landscape-scale conservation project.

Very sadly, Sarah passed away in 2018 but Stephen vowed to continue with our passion at the Woods. It was extremely tough for a long time as memories of things that Sarah and I had done together were everywhere through the Woods. I persevered, but then had unbelievably good fortune when I met Rosie (thanks, eHarmony!!!). She has been an absolute trooper ever since, supporting me but also helping me to improve the way we manage the Woods. Rosie's insight and clear thinking have been the trigger for several improvements in recent years. When Sarah passed away and I was struggling my way through life, the Woods and work, I thought I was the unluckiest guy in the world. After meeting Rosie, I now think my life has flipped and I am now the luckiest guy in the world!

This web site tells the story of Alvecote Wood, and our newly acquired adjacent site of Betty's Wood - what we know of its history, its wildlife, and of our efforts to preserve and develop this site for wildlife and for the local community.

We have a programme of OPEN DAYS We also have a range of photographic prints, cards and other products offered for sale during public Open Days.

Please also see our site plan (pdf) and visitor information leaflet (pdf)

Our latest news is on Facebook. We have also published some thought-provoking articles on our blog - please dip in and share our thoughts. Sarah also posted a lot of photos on our Flickr site.