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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.

Are you another woodland owner needing advice? Would you like to read our Tree Safety Policy?

Alvecote Wood - Events and Visitors

Below are ways in which you can visit the woods. If you can't come along, watch our quick video tour around the woods! YouTube video.

Daffodils at Alvecote Wood

Our Visitor Leaflet can be dowlnoaded and this includes a site map.

Photography Courses:
Very sadly, we are unable to continue with these at present.

Open evenings

Resume on Wednesday 15th April 2020.


Alvecote Wood is not open all the time to the public. However we hold Open Days and events here that will allow people to enjoy this special place. If you would like to organise a visit to the woods for a wildlife, community or other group, school, scouts, art or photography group or any other interested people, please contact us.

Please read our notes for visitors before attending and take a look at our site map (pdf) and our visitor leaflet.

Next Events

Open Days: The Last Sunday of Each Month from March through November.

Daffodils at Alvecote Wood

The first Open Day at Alvecote Wood
A group are on a guided tour around the wood

The woods will be open from 10am to 4pm. We will have a craft stall, as well as Swedish Fire Torches, firewood for sale and other small items. Please see the notes below when planning your visit. Guided tours leave according to demand during the day. Tours generally depart at 11am and 2pm, depending on volunteer availability. It is a good idea to join the guided groups, as this is the safest and most interesting way to enjoy the woods. If you've been before, please come again as there is always something new to see with the change of the seasons and the progress we are making in creating access paths, and with our coppicing, tree-planting and other wildlife activities, not to mention the exciting woodland creation project: Betty's Wood.

Information leaflets and site maps are available for free. There will also be a small craft stall at the Open Days selling our small range of home made products from our own wood, hand made eco-friendly candles, greetings cards, small wooden items, Christmas cards and calendars so if you would like to contribute to our work, this is one way you can help. We will also have bags of Grown in Britain certified firewood and wood chip for sale.

Please contact us for more information if you would like to come.

Notes for Open Day Visitors - please also read our information leaflet.

Parking: Please note that there is limited car parking at Alvecote Wood, so if you are able to walk, cycle or share a car, we would be very grateful. There is parking for a few vehicles on the grass near the building.

Dogs: We prefer to minimise presence of dogs on site because of their impact on wildlife. You MAY bring a very well-behaved dog provided it is kept on a short non-extending lead at all times, and that you remove any waste. We reserve the right to refuse admission to poorly-behaved dogs.

Children: We are really keen for children to experience the beauty of Alvecote Wood. However, we remind visitors that there are deep, un-fenced ponds on site, the location of which is not always obvious, as the banks are overgrown. Therefore we would ask that children are kept closely supervised at all times and not allowed to wander off on their own. Please do not allow children to climb on fences, log piles, trees or gates, as these may not be safe and may cause injury.

Old buildings and well: Please do not go up to the old building or the well. The old building is unstable and the well is deep. In short, the old buldings are not good places to be.

Walking: Most of the paths are rough and grassy or muddy. They will certainly be uneven. We cannot control where rabbits make their holes, which may appear overnight. Please wear stout shoes that you don't mind getting muddy, and please always look where you are putting your feet! You will need to cross a railway sleeper bridge on the main route round the woods. Please respect any path closures that are in effect - there may be open ditches or other work in progress.

Toilets and water: There are no proper toilets but we do have a field latrine with loo paper and hand sanitiser. There is no drinking water available at Alvecote Wood. We do suggest that you wash your hands after visiting the Wood.

Disabled: There is only a small area accessible by wheelchair at present, although a larger area is accessible if you have an off-road disability scooter. The exact area depends on the weather, as some paths can get waterlogged at certain times of year.

Please respect the wildlife: Please do respect the wildlife here. Please don't pick flowers, pull off branches or twigs, throw sticks or stones into the ponds, or enter any fenced-off areas.