To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the planting of the Millennium Wood the Eynsham Society invited everyone with an interest, especially those involved with the initial planting, to bring along a picnic or simply join in a walk around the wood. The date was Sunday 12 September - but it's never too late to plan a visit of your own!
The entrance to the wood is via a kissing gate on the northern side of the A40, near the junction with Witney Road, or from a layby on the eastern side of Freeland Road. Motorists, please be aware that the on-site car park is very small and we do not have a key to it. Rather than causing obstructions in Freeland Road, it is better to park in the Witney Road area and cross the A40 on foot at the traffic lights, before entering the wood via the little gate.
YESTERDAY: The Woodland Trust sponsored 200 woods to celebrate the Millennum. This was the 200th such wood, on arable land purchased on the initiative of the Eynsham Society and planted in December 2000 by many people from the village plus a large contingent of children from the Primary School. It is almost entirely composed of native broad-leaved trees.
TODAY: ten years on, visitors were impressed by the size and vigour of the plants, with oak and hazel already bearing fruit. They admired the willow arbour (which the more energetic strained to bend and plait into shape) and extensive view over Wytham Wood; took a pleasant ramble along the rides (only slightly deterred by a healthy crop of thistles); snacked on blackberries, collected sloes and went off vowing to come more often.
TOMORROW: the management plan provides for “mowing the paths and glades throughout the summer months and maintaining features such as entrances, gates, fencing, signs, seats and the information board to a high standard”. Some of the visitors felt there might be scope for developing the concrete patch to the west, or creating a wildflower meadow in one of the grassy glades, but ultimately this will depend on further energy and funds.