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Wivenhoe Woods

They are a special place. They require looking after so that they can be enjoyed. A small part is owned by Wivenhoe Town Council, being the part closest to King George V Playing Fields. The greater part is owned by Colchester Borough Council. 

In 2002, the Woods were designated part of the Colne Nature Reserve.

For photographs of some of the many paths through the Woods – click here

Click here for:

  • An update about work in Wivenhoe Woods – April 2007 
  • Working Party to clear Sycamore – Sunday 26th November 06
  • Volunteers wanted to construct boardwalk on Sun 8th Oct 2006
  • Update from the Wivenhoe Woods Working Party – Sept 06
  • Call for volunteers – August 2006
  • Wivenhoe Woods and the Colne Nature Reserve
  • Flora and fauna in the Woods
  • WTC’s new Working Party for Wivenhoe Wood
  • Meeting Notes re Wood – 21st January, 2003
  • Report of Walk around Wood with CBC ranger team – Oct03
Note:  Do you ever see sections of the Woods looking like this? Whilst they look dreadful in the weeks which follow, have a look a couple of years later. Almost all of the Wivenhoe Woods have been coppiced in this way over the last 20 years, a procedure once commonplace in our woods in their early days.   This practice lets light into the woods allowing insects, birds and flowers to flourish, and in consequence they become much healthier in the long run. 



photos from Penny Kraft