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Explore Marlborough Woodlands
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Mum and toddler walking with the dog in the forest.This area consists of Savernake Forest and some of its outliers, the two significant ones being West Woods and Collingbourne.

All are old woods which are predominantly broadleaf and in particular oak, sweet chestnut and beech.  The Forestry Commission has a long-term lease on the main block of Savernake Forest.

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There is a fallen tree over part of Drury Lane,it happened a the weekend.

Likewise there is a smaller fallen tree,been there for a couple of weeks,on The Gallops,between Three Oak Hill Drive and Drury Lane.

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Enid Mitchell, 7/Jun/2017

Thank you for making us aware of this. We have cleared one of these trees already and will clear the other one shortly.

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I made the annual bluebell pilgrimage to Collingbourne Woods yesterday and was appalled to find the usual carpet of blue and wonderful scent ruined by encroaching brambles, unmanaged saplings and grass. We walk often in the woods and enjoy the calm and birdsong but the bluebells are normally a highlight. How sad that the woods have been left to become so overgrown. I had thought that English bluebells were under threat - hardly surprising if Collingbourne is an example of the lack of effort in their husbandry.

Pat Wood, 20/Apr/2017

We are sorry that our recent harvesting has had an impact on your enjoyment of the woodland We can assure you that we are managing this plantation in a responsible and sustainable way for timber, wildlife and people. We are working towards a continuous cover silvicultural system. This is incredibly valuable for wildlife as it helps to encourage an under-storey and breaks up the monoculture of even aged Beech. The natural regeneration of trees will help to make the woodland more resilient for the future.

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I'm pretty upset about hat's happening with the harvesting of Collingbourne Woods at the moment. The Forestry Commission have clearly given up on any pretence of sustainable woodland management, and are now just asset stripping. The few trees they are leaving behind are so far apart that no meaningful woodland habitat will ever re-establish. Several square miles of rare beech bluebell woods ruined for ever. Utterly criminal 😢 Sad to say they really may as well chop them all down and be done with it.

Steve Mitchell, 16/Apr/2017

We are sorry that our recent harvesting has had an impact on your enjoyment of the woodland. We can assure you that we are managing our woodlands in a responsible and sustainable way for timber, wildlife and people. We are working towards a continuous cover silvicultural system. This is incredibly valuable for wildlife as it helps to encourage an under-storey and breaks up the monoculture of even aged Beech. This system allows more light to reach the forest floor, encouraging more interesting ground flora as well as natural regeneration of the Beech to provide resilient woodland for the future.

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Last updated: 25th November 2016

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