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The old Forest of Savernake is derived from ancient wood pasture management, and has many veteran trees.  The forest extends to 1100 hectares (2750 acres) most of which is classified as a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as being registered as an important historic park.

One of the oldest trees is the Big Bellied Oak which is very noticeable on the side of the A346 road, south of Cadley.  There are many other old and named trees in Savernake, a guide is available to purchase from the Postern Hill Campsite.

Since 1939 the majority of the woodland has been managed by the Forestry Commission with the freehold retained by the Savernake Estate.

What do other visitors say?

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Can you please tell me about the arboretum within the forest? It's magical. Would love to know it's history.

Deborah , 26/Oct/2015

The Savernake Forest Arboretum was started by one of the first foresters in Savernake who worked in the area from 1938/9 to the early 1950s. We know that he planted 3 Cluster Oaks in the Arboretum amongst other trees and that this collection has been added to by subsequent Foresters.We are currently working with our Savernake Volunteer group to clear around some of the trees and to put in new posts and name plaques. It is likely we will do some planting in due course. We are glad that you enjoy this area so much. If you would like to get involved, please contact us at westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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We have an annual family picnic here. My family greatly enjoy visiting. We enjoy dog walks and adventures in the forest when we visit. Perfect place to get together with family. Great for us kids to have fun with our cousins. Would recommend to anyone. Great place to cycle throughout. Used to camp here alot with the whole family (around 15-20 people each time with 6-10 tents between us. great fun for the whole family. not too far from home so we visit alot. Easy to access for buggy's to pensioners, even brought our 97 year old great gran each year, we all enjoy the great times we have here. there are never any signs of dog poo, well maintained. :(

Anonymous, 25/Oct/2015
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We have an annual family picnic here. My family greatly enjoy visiting. We enjoy dog walks and adventures in the forest when we visit. Perfect place to get together with family. Great for us kids to have fun with our cousins. Would recommend to anyone. Great place to cycle throughout. Used to camp here alot with the whole family (around 15-20 people each time with 6-10 tents between us. great fun for the whole family. not too far from home so we visit alot.

Anonymous, 25/Oct/2015

Thank you so much for your comments. We are thrilled to hear the forest has brought you so much pleasure and hope you continue to visit and enjoy its beauty.

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • 10 bbq sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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