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The great outdoors... on your doorstep

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

The great outdoors... on your doorstep

Spring is on its way and many of us will be looking forward to getting out about in the fresh air and – hopefully – sunshine before long. Here, the Friends of Manor Road Community Woodland tell us about the site and the work that goes into maintaining it for all to enjoy.

Manor Road Community Woodland lies on the eastern edge of Keynsham and close to the parish of Saltford.  The woodland is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council and over 19,000 trees and shrubs have been planted since 1993 on what was formerly agricultural land.  Most of the trees and shrubs are native broadleaves and a wild flower meadow has been established, with a pond towards the northern boundary.  The woodland therefore contains a wealth of wildlife habitats with coppices, streams, glades and dry stone walls.  Many different birds use the woodland and there is a plethora of butterflies and insects in the meadow during the summer.   Primroses in Manor Road Woodland

The areas in the woodland have been named after the fields shown on the tithe map of the area from 1841 and species identification boards have been installed in these areas to enrich the experience of visitors to the site. Access to the site is through gates on Manor Road and Courtenay Road, with access also from Witham Road and Minsmere Road.

The woodland is maintained in partnership by Bath and North East Somerset Council and a Friends Group.  This group, which was established in 2002, is open to all local residents and meets quarterly to discuss ongoing management and community projects in the woodland.  Task days are held on a monthly basis when projects such as tree pruning, coppicing, dry stone walling and path clearance are carried out. The Friends Group also raises some of its own funds through various grant schemes to support additional work in the woodland and has carried out regular surveys of the plant and wildlife.

Manor Road Community Woodland is considered one of the best examples of its kind nationally and has recently won awards in the South West in Bloom competition. Further information and contact details can be found on the notice boards in the woodland.

Friends of Manor Road Community Woodland

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