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We would like to thank all those who have given support to this project from the local community, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Pond Conservation Trust, Alvecote and Shuttington Parish Council, Maurice Arnold, 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 the Forestry Commission under the English Woodland Grant Scheme.

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Alvecote Wood

EVENTS
Our events programme for 2014 is available online. Next Open Days are Sunday 28th Sept, 26th Oct and 30th Nov. Free entry, open 10am-4pm.
Photography Workshops
We have ONE more workshop in 2014 on Sat 11th October - click the link for more details.
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 is now officially the best 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

Introduction

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.

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 available through SmugMug.

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

Keep up to date with all our latest news on our blog - please dip in and share our thoughts. You can also follow us on Facebook (Facebook members only). We also post a lot of photos on our Flickr site.

We also produce a daily digest of news on environment, wildife, sustainability, woodlands, countryside issues and other items of interest based on our Twitter account.