Deer Park Wood, Witney
Deer Park Wood, owned by the District Council, is situated off Deer Park Road to the west of Witney.
The 11 acre site (previously a buffer zone between the housing estate and industrial park) has been managed and maintained by the Witney Woodland Volunteers since 2010, with District Council support.
With footpaths and resting points throughout the wood, it makes for a great place to watch the wildlife, walk the dog and meet other people.
The volunteers, who regularly work with local school children and other community groups, have planted:
- Over 400 native trees and 200 hedgerow shrubs - to encourage insects and provide food and shelter for birds and small mammals.
- Eight wild flower meadows - now designated as an Oxfordshire wild flower site.
- Bog gardens in the wetter areas – to encourage greater wildlife diversity.
- A fruit orchard - so that in a few years local people can pick the fruit and share recipes and produce.
The volunteers also fundraise and apply for grants to support and improve the wood and have been given wildflower seeds by Friends of the Earth, as part of the ‘Bee Worlds’ project, to create nectar rich havens to help combat the decline in bee numbers.
The community wood now provides a rich biodiversity attracting birds, bees, butterflies and other insects to the area, whilst offering somewhere for local residents to participate in community activities or simply enjoy their surroundings.
The Witney Woodland Volunteers meet for a couple of hours every Monday throughout the year to:
- Plant trees, shrubs and seeds and cut back undergrowth.
- Weed and litter-pick various public footpaths and public spaces in the Witney area.
If you’d like to find out more, get involved as a volunteer or make a donation please visit: www.witneywood.org.uk