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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.

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Do you do such a thing as a wood collecting license?

Vanessa, 19/Feb/2017

No, I am afraid we do not do such a license in Savernake forest. Wood left on the forest floor makes valuable deadwood habitat.

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I visited Severnake finally, having lived in the area for about 18 months and was very impressed - beautiful forest , no litter , no dog mess ; well maintained!

Probably the best place I've found for dog walking in the Swindon area so far!

Only downer was that I couldn't find a place to dispose of my dog's 'contribution' ... And whist I do agree generally with the principle of 'take your rubbing home with you'... Well, you know?

Jon Foster, 30/Jan/2017

We are so glad that you had an enjoyable time in the forest. We do make great efforts to have the litter collected and the site inspected regularly.

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I came across this forest quite by accident, having left Marlboro after a stop there for refreshments, I was told by a person I met about the grand avenue which I eventually enjoyed driving on, despite the large number of potholes. My wife and I stopped at the monument and took a few photos, we also photographed many areas of great beauty withing the forest as we run a site called "" where we report on our travels, This will definitely be one place we will investigate further with better cameras.

Robert Rizzo, 29/Oct/2016

We are glad that you had an enjoyable time in discovering this beautiful forest and hope that you will visit again soon to explore further.

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Last updated: 4th January 2017

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OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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