Walks at Oakley Wood are now more accessible - The Leamington Observer

Walks at Oakley Wood are now more accessible

WALKS at Oakley Wood are now less muddy thanks to a new stone path.

The paths at the popular woodland used to get extremely muddy – particularly during the winter months. But not any more, due to an upgrade of the main path network.

After two seasons of woodland thinning – a process of clearing some conifer trees to make way for the return of native boardleaved trees – a 3,300 metre stone pathway was laid over the summer to create a large circuit and smaller loop around the wood.

Coun Judith Falp, Warwick District Council’s (WDC’s) spokesperson for safer communities, leisure and environment, said: “We are very pleased to see the completion of these new footpaths, which will greatly improve access to all visitors throughout the year, including those in wheelchairs or pushchairs and at the same time help to protect our local wildlife.”

While the Director of Nature Reserves at Warwickshire Wildlife, Karl Curtis, said:“Through the management of the woodland to help our wildlife, this has enabled us to create a benefit for the many visitors who visit Oakley Wood. The woodland management is important to ensure our woodlands are resilient and rich in wildlife for generations to come, but we do need to bring people along on that journey and reconnect them with wildlife. By making the site more accessible we hope that the new path will do just that.”

Elizabeth Sheehan, Chair of the Friends of Oakley Wood added: “The Friends of Oakley Wood greatly welcome the upgrade of the paths. The material used is sympathetic to the woodland. The newly created drainage ditches will be another huge improvement to tackle the previously muddy sections, as are the heaps of brash made for the wildlife.

“The wood will be more accessible and become a better amenity to reward WDC and WWT for their interest, investment, and improvements.”

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