Common Wood is recognised as ancient semi- natural woodland. The wood has been managed and has been in Forestry Commission grant schemes with previous owners. During the latter decades of the 20th century Common Wood was managed under private ownership to provide a commercial return. Extensive felling took place in the 1980s and 90s and several young plantations were established in the gaps, some containing species that are not native to the woodland.

Following the change of ownership in 2003 a new management approach aims to create and conserve a more natural and sustainable native woodland environment. This is intended, over the long term, to reverse the spread of non-native species, and to restore the whole site to ancient semi-natural woodland.

Management objectives and operations are largely focussed on conserving and improving woodland biodiversity. In particular, we manage the wood so that it comfortably complies with the requirements specified by UKWAS, for species proportions and for protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

With little regular income many management tasks are carried out by volunteers. If you would like to help in some way please contact us at

Currently(2021) we are creating the management plans to take us through the next 10 years and more from 2022.