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Explore Savernake
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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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Are there any volunteering groups locally,to help with conservation of savernake and nearby woods?thanks.

Anonymous, 8/Apr/2014

We are just setting things up to try to get a local coservation group going for Savernake and outlying woods. Email : to register your interest and you will receive information when things are in place. Thank you.

Forestry Commission Response

how do i go about getting apermit to collect fallen branches for firewood personal use happy to give money to any charity many thanks geoff

geoff mies, 17/Feb/2014

Annual Brushwood Collection Permits for West Woods Marlborough only are available to purchase from the Forestry Commission, Bank House, Bank Street, Coleford, GL18 6AB

Forestry Commission Response

Would you please advise how I would book a bar-be-cue site in Savernake forest on the 20th July for my daughters graduation party and the cost if possible as we have family and friends would like the ne tucked down on the no through road on the left hand side, would be grateful for your help don't want to leave to chance we can get the site we would like Kind regards Paula

Paula McIlroy, 13/May/2013

The BBQ sites at Savernake Forest are no longer bookable. They are now on a first come first served basis. Some of the BBQ hearths that were getting very old/rusty have been removed and replaced with large wooden blocks for disposable BBQ's to be placed on - PLEASE DO NOT place disposable BBQ's on grass or benches.

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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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OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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West England District
01594 833057
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