Wychwood Wild Garden’s July News Letter

Wychwood Wild Garden
A company limited by guarantee
Registered Office: New Beaconsfield Hall, Station Road, Shipton-under-Wychwood
Oxfordshire OX7 6BQ

Company Registration No. 7030839 Registered Charity No. 1133334

July 2019

Dear Member,July Newsletter

The Wild Garden has looked particularly good this spring and summer in a large part due to the various clean up operations you have helped with. So good in fact, that our new Instagram page already has a following of over 400. For those of you not familiar with Instagram,-this is a social media network used for sharing photos – and some of these on our page are stunning!

Have a look at https://www.instagram.com/wychwoodwg. There is a considerable increase in people walking in the Wild Garden, and enjoying what it/provides. Quite a few of these people are not local and have heard about the garden and often ask for directions to it or advice on where to park. The number of leaflets being distributed/around local B&Bs, and being taken from the boxes at both gates has increased and it’s lovely to see the garden being so well used. The other day I met a young Australian couple/from Melbourne walking the Garden by the Cedar of Lebanon. They were staying locally and were impressed with the luxury of a wild but managed facility so close/by.

Another success this summer has been the reopening of the short access route for the/Primary School and Preschool to reach their Forest School location. This route was originally over the field between the Primary School and the Wychwood Business Park into the back of the Wild Garden, but with the start of the new housing development the path had to be closed. Encouraged by Jill Mavin, Deanfield Homes and the Rooflight Company have collaborated to open a new safe route for the children around the boundary of the development site which provides access during the period of the new development.The Tuesday morning crew have been busy clearing the/ditch between the Wild Garden and the adjacent field to the west. This has becomenecessary as it has become very overgrown and partially filled in. Hopefully once the work is complete the ditch will once again take away some of the autumn and winter rainfall. We have also had to remove a fallen wild cherry from the Upper Pond, a casualty of the recent winds and rain. The upside is that it starts to replenish our supply of logs for next year; you were all so enthusiastic for local logs that we ran out this year! Shipton Fete Monday 26th August The Wild Garden will be running a stand and game at the Shipton fete on Monday 26th August. We need volunteers to help man the stand, promote the Wild Garden and help run the game. Full instructions and training will be provided! Please get in touch if you can help out for even a part of the afternoon. Ideally we need two or three volunteers for an hour each between midday and 4pm.


Looking further ahead, we are 10 years old next July and would like to celebrate this occasion! We would welcome any ideas on how best to mark this milestone, as well as volunteers to form a committee to help make any celebration happen. Ideas so far have included a picnic for all the various groups who use the Garden on a regular basis; maybe some demonstrations of woodcraft or a woodland quiz. We need a brainstorming session with some of our creative friends. So ideas please on how best to mark 10 years of community ownership of the Wild Garden and volunteers please to help make it happen.

Stories from the Past

 A response to our recent call for stories about the Wild Garden.

Janet Warwick writes:

I used to know Phil and Betty Haynes who owned the Wild Garden when I lived here in the 1970’s. Phil once told me that when they got married he bought the Wild Garden for Betty as a wedding present so that they could walk their Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They always had this breed from the time they were married and for as long as I could remember.

Do you have any stories about the Wild Garden to share?

I do hope you are able to enjoy the Wild Garden during the coming months.

Mike Watson

Email: info@wychwoodwildgarden.org.uk

Phone: 0845 8056804