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.
Responsibility and Appreciation
The Wild Garden offers an opportunity to advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of of the physical, historic and natural environment. The key emphasis of the education initiatives will be to encourage a responsible attitude towards and a wider appreciation of our local natural and physical environment. This should both allow the wide and peaceful enjoyment of the Wild Garden by all and a positive approach to the environment in general.
Welcome notices have been installed at the two entrances to the Wild Garden asking visitors to treat the Garden with respect and to keep dogs on the lead at all times. We also use monitoring cameras from time to time to limit low level vandalism and misuse of the Garden.
We have installed a new bridge over the sluiceway by the Cedar of Lebanon and built up the path in this area to protect the Cedar’s root system.
We now have two Forest Schools regularly using the Wild Garden to introduce children to a responsible approach to woodlands and wild life.
At a more physical level, the conservation work provides opportunities for training in rural crafts such as dry stone walling, hedge laying and woodland management.