Whittington Wood, formally known as Kestrels Wood, consists of approximately two acres of land bounded by the rear of Spring Lane, Peregrine Close and the canal. The majority of the land consists of a mixture of mature trees with a meadow area running along the Spring Lane boundary. Access to the wood is possible only from Peregrine Close. The map below shows the woodland area in relation to the Kestrels estate.
In 2000 the Parish Council established an advisory sub-committee composed of councillors and residents to assist in achieving the Councils aims, these are to:
- Ensure that the wood is safe for users and nearby residents.
- Safeguard the long-term future of the wood as an amenity for the Parish.
- Develop the richness and diversity of its plants and animal life.
- Establish a sustainable, balanced ecology in the wood.
The advisory committee periodically undertakes surveys, prepares management plans, recommends necessary work, organises working parties and involves and informs residents through newsletters and village circulations.
More significant activities completed in recent years include thinning trees from densely planted areas to encourage varied ground growth, clearing the area bordering Spring Lane and seeding to create a meadow area, planting a hedge along the Spring Lane boundary and mixed native bulb planting throughout the wood.
Working parties are periodically arranged to firstly consider any work that needs to be undertaken and secondly, to arrange for identified work to be completed. This is usually done by committee members and volunteers who will meet on the first Saturday of each month from March, starting at 10:00 for a couple of hours.
Any volunteers would be most welcome and can confirm their interest through the advisory committee parish clerk. The parish clerk can also be contacted if any residents have an interest in joining the Whittington Wood advisory committee.