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Woodland art & craft sessions

Autumn, 2017


From natural art in the park in Lillington, to wire trees and wooden spoons, communities and volunteers have had a go at a variety of woodland-themed arts and crafts this autumn.


Look out for sessions in 2018 - COMING SOON

The ancient art of coppicing

November 14, 2017


Interested volunteers were given a taste of the ancient art of hazel coppicing in Wappenbury Wood this week. Many woodlands were traditionally managed for hundreds of years as hazel coppice with oak standards, a process that provided a regular supply of wood for tools, fencing and fire-wood.


Look out for further sessions this winter.

Team JLR!

November 9, 2017


Work to improve access from Ryton Pools Country Park to and around Wappenbury Wood was given a boost this week, with a team of enthusiastic volunteers from Jaguar LandRover. Part of the graduate trainee programme, the group traded a day in the office for a day of hard digging, helping to create a new 30m section of pathway that will be used by walkers and off-road mobility trampers alike.


The works are part of a wider programme of improvements, possible thanks to £37k of additional grant funding from WREN. Improvements include new footpaths, way-marked trails and wooden bridges over ditches. New trails will be accessible to off-road trampers for groups such as Warwickshire Disabled Ramblers.

Help for hedgerows

November 4, 2017


Winter works to rejuvenate our vital ecological highways, hedgerows, are now underway. Through a combination of coppicing, replanting, hedge-laying and fencing, hedgerows will be restored on farms, historic sites and nature reserves, maintaining the landscape for future generations.


Get in touch to find out more about funding for hedgerow restoration.

Community Meadows

September - October 2017


Thanks to all of you who came and helped create new wildflower meadows at Bubbenhall playing fields and at the Motte & Bailey at Wolston recently.


Residents of Bubbenhall village helped sow and plant wildflowers that are increasingly being lost from the countryside, such as Birdsfoot trefoil.


Members of Brinklow parish council also helped in the process of enhancing existing grassland at the castle site, by scattering Yellow-rattle seeds, a grass parasite that will help reduce grass vigour and allow other flowering plants to get established.


Chainsaw sculpture

October 23, 2017


Thanks to all of you who came and helped design the new entrance totem pole for Ryton Wood recently! LB Sculpture has taken away your lovely drawings and will be busy carving them into a wonderful wildlife totem pole over the next month or so.


Visitors to Ryton Pools Country Park will see the new sculpture in early 2018, as part of wider access improvements to nearby woodlands match-funded by a £37k WREN grant.

Woodland lies beyond!

Autumn 2017


If you have ever managed to get lost in a large wood, you'll know how easily it is to get disorientated.


Thanks to £37k of additional grant funding from WREN, work is now underway to improve access from Ryton Pools Country Park to and around nearby Trust-owned woodlands. Improvements include new footpaths, way-marked trails and wooden bridges over ditches. New trails will be accessible to off-road trampers for groups such as Warwickshire Disabled Ramblers.

Helping the Hazel dormouse

June 20, 2017


On 20 June, wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust released 19 breeding pairs or trios of rare hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) into an undisclosed woodland location near Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. This project is part of the Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape Scheme, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Despite their once widespread existence throughout much of England and Wales, the range and population of dormice has diminished significantly over the past 100 years, and the species is now rare and vulnerable to extinction. Reintroductions play an important role in the long-term conservation of this endangered species and are part of the Species Recovery Programme supported by Natural England.

Coppice craft: taster session

Saturday 20th February 2016


Six residents from around the Princethorpe Woodlands area spent a February morning learning the basics of coppicing with expert and traditional coppice worker Simon Fowler.


Attendees learnt how to use a traditional billhook to cut hazel coppice and how to make simple products to take home, such as pea sticks for the garden.

Wethele Manor Workshop

11th November 2015


On the 11th November at Wetherle Manor, thanks to Simon Moreton, a lively community consultation workshop was undertaken. We could tell the story but perhaps it comes better from one parish group who was there.

Battle of Brinklow

17th October 2015


On 17th October 2015, parents and children of Brinklow village took part in a Norman and Saxon re-enactment day at

Brinklow Motte and Bailey Castle. Stepping back in time, people experienced life under Norman rule, stormed the castle defences, witnessed the power of a cross-bow and learned how to make chain mail and stitch leather.



Motte and bailey castle, Brinklow.

Lillington - Have your Say

13th October 2015


Regulars of the popular Lillington Community Cafe took part in a consultation session with Jim Langridge Associates today. Among the 20 or so participants, people were asked to share their views on the local countryside and whether or not they visited it. Some expressed frustration regarding the costs of car parking, lack of wheelchair access and the problem of styles and muddy paths. There was however, great enthusiasm for organised trips

' Have your say' workshops


Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will be making a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve the management of the woodlands and other countryside and heritage features lying to the east of Coventry and north of Leamington.

An important element of the bid is to involve local people with their woodlands and their local countryside in general, through developing volunteering, through training and acquiring woodland and countryside skills and in encouraging people to use it more.


Have your say! Come along to the workshops !!!!!!



Brinklow - Community Hall Monday 4.00 till 6.30 October 12th


Willenhall - Car Boot and Cafe Hagard Tuesday Morning 9.00 till 11.30 October 13th


Lillington - Lillington Community Cafe - Tuesday 12.30 till 2.30 October 13th


Binley - John White Centre Tuesday 11.00 till 2.00 October 20th


Ryton - Ryton Church Centre - Tuesday 7.00 till 9.00 October 20th

- Call for Parish Councils goes out -

23rd August 2015


Jim Langridge Countryside Consulting has been engaged by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to assist in the development of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape. This project will cover a 70 square kilometre area to the east of Coventry and north east of Leamington. The Wildlife Trust is working with a number of partners, including the local authorities, to enhance the area for the benefit of both wildlife and people. It will involve improving the management of woodlands and other important sites in the area, making people more aware of their local countryside, connecting them to it and involving them in its conservation and restoration.


As part of the process of consulting with and involving local communities he would like to meet with representatives of the parish councils, to learn more about the local area, get their views on how the local countryside could be improved and to pick up on the issues and barriers that prevent people making use of it.


He is proposing two sessions, one in the north of the area, one to the south.


They will both be held on Wednesday 2nd September:

4.00—5.30 p.m. at Weston under Wetherley Village Hall, Sabine Drive, Weston CV33 9GA

7.00—8.30 p.m. at Wolston Leisure Centre, Old School Fields, Manor Estate, Wolston, CV8 3GT

Light refreshments will be available.

Landowner event

2nd July 2015


16 landowners attended a presentation and Q&A by the Princethorpe Woodlands scheme on 16th July 2015 at Hilltop Farm, near Leamington Spa. During the presentation, Chris Redstall outlined the forthcoming Heritage Lottery Fund bid and opportunities for farmers and landowners to benefit from future funding, including hedgerow, woodland and pond restoration and training courses.