Wychwood Wild Garden is a beautiful woodland and garden, close to the centre
of Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire.
Its 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds much of which was laid out in the 1860's, is home to wild life and many breeds of ducks and birds. It is owned and managed by the local community and offered as a place of peace and tranquillity to local residents, guests and visitors to the area.
Diggers Wood is located about 200 metres further down Dog Kennel Lane from the Wild Garden rear entrance. It was acquired in 1999 and planted by the Woodland Trust in 2000 with considerable financial and physical support from the local community. The wood which is about 6¼ acres, was part of the Woodland Trust’s “Woods on your Doorstep” scheme for the Millennium.
The Shipton Volunteers, assisted by the Woodland Trust, the Wychwood Project and the Cotswold Wardens are now undertaking a programme of pruning and thinning out
We will support this activity to the best of our physical and financial ability but without detracting from the ;primary task of managing the Wild Garden.
It remains our long term aspiration to see Diggers Wood managed so that it is more accessible from both Shipton and Milton, making an interesting extension to any walk around the Wild Garden.
We would like to see the paths properly cut back to the edges at least twice a year, the glades made accessible and the trees thinned out as they develop, creating an interesting woodland.