The wood is opening to the public after a busy winter of work from owners Stephen Briggs and Sarah Walters, along with their team of volunteers. The works saw the thinning of some large holly trees as part of the coppicing programme, to allow more light in to rejuvenate a dark area of the woods.
An extra 100 trees were also planted to establish much better habitat there. Visitors to Sunday’s open day can also buy some large holly logs.
A couple of oak trees which had suffered storm damage were pollarded by Arborcare tree surgeons. Removing the tops of these trees should avoid them falling and being lost completely and will hopefully encourage regrowth.
Masses of brambles have been cleared from the bluebell area, where the flowers are already starting to grow and work has been carried out on the paths through the site.
The wood is bursting with a number of signs of spring, including catkins on hazel, alder and willow trees (pictured), as well as the usual spectacular doffodils.
The wood is open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday and admission is free. Guided tours are available during the day, so visitors can see what’s been going on to conserve and improve the habitat.
Several hand-made items from Sarah’s pole lathe work will be available for sale, as well as chainsaw-carved items, craft products associated with the woods, and Grown in Britain firewood.
More information is available on the Alvecote Wood website.