Holt Copse

The Copse:

Holt Copse is 6.7 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland to the north west of Wokingham town centre bounded by the Reading Road, Joel Park and the Joel Park housing estate. The Copse is a traditional English coppice woodland comprised of hazel overstood with mature oak and was designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2001.

Holt Copse

View of Holt Copse in Early Spring

Managed for centuries as a valuable economic resource the Copse is now a haven for people and wildlife in a predominately urban environment. Holt Copse is owned by Wokingham Town Council and managed with the help of the Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers (HCCV).

The Volunteers:

Tree Planting

Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers

Founded in 1999 the HCCV undertake conservation work in Holt Copse throughout the autumn and winter months. Activities such as coppicing of hazel along with holly and bramble clearance help to increase light levels reaching the woodland floor encouraging the growth of wild flowers such as bluebells, wood anemones and wood sorrel and also improving habitat for butterflies such as the speckled wood. This style of management replicates the traditional methods used over centuries that have resulted in the unique bio-diverse habitat that we see today.

Bluebells

Bluebells in Holt Copse

HCCV also undertake tasks such as footpath and boardwalk building to improve access for local residents and visitors. Bird boxes, bat boxes and wildlife information boards have also been installed by HCCV and several hundred young hazel whips and oak trees have been planted in recent years.

Why Not Join Us!

HCCV work parties are held on alternate Saturday mornings from early October through to late March. Membership of HCCV is open to all and further details can be found on our website. No previous conservation experience is required as training will be given. These mornings are always great fun and an excellent way to start your weekend!

 

Web site: www.hccv.org.uk

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