Conservation Volunteering Day

Sat 12 February 2022 11:30-16:00

Abbey Wood

Conservation Volunteering Day at Splatts Abbey Wood

Are you interested in wildlife and forestry conservation? Love spending time outdoors in the fresh air? If yes, then this is for you! Even if you have never done anything related to conservation before, everyone is welcome.

To sign up email (this does not guarantee your place as there are limited numbers and we work on a first come first serve basis).

Where to meet:

We’ll meet at 11:30am outside the Students’ Union shop (U Block, Frenchay Campus) and then walk over to the woodland together which is about 10 minutes away.

What to expect on the day:

  • An introduction to the woodland, covering its ecology and history.
  • Helping out with routine maintenance and conversation of the woodland.
  • You’ll receive tool training to help with coppicing, bramble bashing, resurfacing of pathways and other upkeep.
  • You’ll get support from the Forest of Avon Trust and South Gloucestershire Council with this.

This is an opportunity to get outdoors and learn about woodland conservation and maintenance. It's also great for mental and physical wellbeing and there is no pressure to participate in activities if you attend. We are also open to input on what other activities we could include in future work days.

A bit more about Splatts Abbey Wood:

  • Splatts Abbey Wood is a historic woodland located only half a mile from UWE
  • Local records suggest it has existed for approximately 250 years and predates all existing structures in the area.
  • The Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group is made up of local volunteers to ensure the continued existence and upkeep of the woodland.
  • Along with sister woodland Sims Hill, these historic woodlands provide environmental and social benefits to local residents and visitors.
  • Student volunteers from UWE have played a vital role over the past seven years in helping to maintain the woodland. This continued relationship supports the woodland's survival and gets students involved in the local community.

Previously, UWE student volunteers won a prestigious South Gloucestershire Council award for their volunteering:

 - For the facts.