Working for the Future

In 1994, working with the land-owner (Chippenham Borough Lands Charity), a volunteer group was formed to restore coppice management to Mortimores Wood. It was at least 40 years since this was last done and the wood was becoming seriously overgrown, putting the flora of the wood in danger of lasting damage.

Volunteers clearing storm damage

The aim of the Volunteers is to restore, on a non-commercial basis, the management system which resulted in this diversity, to maintain the predominant character of the wood, and to improve access to some areas. The early stages of restoration seemed to be largely destructive as a lot overgrown coppice and some immature trees had to be cut. As the work continues the regular cycle of growth and cutting has become apparent and the flowers associated with it are continuing to bloom in the years after cutting.