Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, near Yate and Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.

The Nature Reserve is run by the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, a small group of volunteers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Wapley Hedge and Avenue trees planted on 11 March


Spring sunshine through the newly planted hedgeline

Nine Wapley Bushes volunteers had a very productive work morning on Saturday 11 March. We continued replanting the hedgerow between the Ancient Woodland and the Centenary Wood, putting in 92 trees of a range of native species. We had only expected to plant 60, but our supplier over-delivered (and generously refused an offer of payment for the extra - thank you Landcare Tree Nursery of Old Sodbury - highly recommended!) The "new/old" hedge is now more than 100 metres long.

We then went down to Wapley Common to help out where Dodington Parish Council staff, their contractor and volunteers were putting in 8 major trees to complete The Avenue across the Common parallel to the tarmac roadway - two each of Field Maple, Large Leaf Lime, Walnut and Sweet Chestnut. Four were financed by the Queen's Canopy Fund, two are memorials to former Dodington Parish Council Chairmen Robin Blake and Linda Rush, and two were donated by Wapley Bushes Conservation Group to complete what will be a valuable wildlife corridor.

Two more apple trees have been planted in the Orchard for the Future, paid for by the Allotment Association and one of the parish councillors. So all in all we have planted a splendid 254 trees at Wapley this winter. Well done to everyone involved!

Our next work morning will be on Saturday 15 April at Goose Green Nature Reserve, where we will be undertaking reserve maintenance on this local grassland and wetland nature reserve such as path clearance and litter picking. Please wear walking or wellington boots and please bring your own gloves if you can.

We'll be meeting at the bridge on the reserve, west of Oak Close, north Yate, BS37 5TN, at 10.00am. Please come and join us!

Friday, March 03, 2023

Wapley Bushes tree planting morning - Saturday 11 March

For the third Wapley Bushes tree planting work morning of the winter, we will have some more very small young trees to extend the boundary hedge between the Centenary Wood and the Ancient Woodland, to re-establish a hedgeline that was lost a few years ago. As usual there will also be a variety of lighter tasks, so there's something for everyone.

What happens on our work mornings?

We'll be meeting at 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools - for example a spade if you've got one - or if not, tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Wapley hedge is getting longer


We had a very good work morning on Sunday 19 February. 11 volunteers made short work of planting another 60 small trees to extend the old boundary hedge that we're restoring between the Ancient Woodland and the Centanary Wood - it's now 75 metres long, with more to come. We also planted two oak trees that volunteers have been growing at home - they're called Little and Large!

Our next Wapley work morning will be on Saturday 11 March, meeting at 10.00 am at the Shire Way gate.