Leafield Community Woodland
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Leafield Woodlands Ltd. Fairspear House, Leafield, OX29 9NY
For information on monthly work days visit our website at www.leafieldwoodlands.co.uk
Upcoming events are tweeted on @LeafieldWood
Leafield Community Woodland grew from a much simpler project aiming to involve local children in growing and planting trees around the village to mark the millennium.
Local tree seeds were collected and a forester engaged to teach Leafield School children about raising trees from seed. As the children’s enthusiasm spread, the whole community became involved in a more ambitious plan to buy land and plant a woodland, as a new amenity for Leafield.
Grants and donations from local people and businesses were used to purchase a 1.3 acre site from Oxfordshire County Council and to set up an investment fund for its maintenance: insurance for public use remains our major annual expense.
Leafield Woodlands Ltd. was incorporated as a private limited company in 1999 to establish and manage the Community Woodland and to plant trees for the benefit of the local community. The trustees are advised by the Wychwood Project.
In addition to planting our Community Woodland on Fairspear Road in 2000, Leafield Woodlands Ltd. has been involved in planting a replacement for King John’s Oak (1998), several hundred indigenous trees around the Playing Field (1999) and an indigenous hedge and standard trees at the new burial ground (2004).
The Community Woodland has been used by Leafield School, Pre-
Our Woodland is maintained by volunteers at regular work parties: tasks include coppicing, raking grass and scything nettles and refreshments are provided.