We’re excited to announce the start of a fantastic new project – the Cossington Park Community Wood.

The new community wood will be situated in our meadow known as Bushey Close within the grounds of Cossington Park. The 0.75 acre plot currently includes a small copse, and an area of grassland which once formed part of an orchard planted by Graham’s parents.  

On 26th March, we planted the first three trees in the new Cossington Park Community Wood.

The three oak saplings are particularly special. Donated by Her Majesty the Queen, the saplings were grown from acorns from King Offa’s Oak in Windsor Great Park.  At around 1300 years old, King Offa’s Oak is probably older than Windsor Castle. With a girth of around 11.18 meters it will take our new saplings some time to reach the size of their parent tree!

The plan for the new community wood is to create a “Forest Garden”. Modelled on a young natural woodland, a forest garden can include grassland, herbaceous plants, shrubs, fruit bushes and orchard trees as well as hedgerows and high canopy trees.

The project will bring together people and organisations from around the area to create a beautiful green community space. The wood will provide a space for families to play, work and relax together,  as well as providing benefits for the environment and biodiversity.

We’ll be posting lots more updates as the project progresses, so watch this space!

If you would like to get involved in the project, please do get in touch – communitywood@cossingtonpark.com . We’re keen to hear from you.