The informal group formed in September 2016 with the objective of supporting the Woodland Trust in keeping Adcombe Wood in the best health possible. Whether by recording the changing flora or fauna or more actively by carrying out planned tasks.
The Woodland Trust has an agreed management plan which ensure the conservation objects are met. The Site Manager agrees with the group before hand the tasks for the forthcoming event and provides the support for the group to work safely and achieve it the goals identified.
The woods are a mixture of mixed ancient wood, coppice and two areas of meadow which both have an SSSI (Site of Scientific Special Interest) status.
Due to management changes and a previous wet winter stopping the annual cutting, the meadows are suffering from bramble, blackthorn and hazel growth. Such that the ponies used to graze and keep the woody growths in check were unable to keep up. So the initial focus is to reclaim the meadows and encourage the growth of all the meadows plants.
The site is managed on behalf of the Woodland Trust by Joe Middleton who is also the event leader, initially. The group was initiated by Nigel Perry and Tony Spiess, both local (BH) people, who got to know each other through the Neroche Conservation Volunteers. We hope to keep the group informal and welcome comments, suggestions or help with all those necessary backroom task from anyone who has declared support for the group.