The whole of Collinwood Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI ) since 1966 – the reasons for which are cited as:-
“A nationally important woodland site selected as an outstanding example of damp calcifuge lime woodland in western Britain, complementing the Lincolnshire lime coppices but differing from them in the species of oak present. The site overlies clay soils and slopes gently towards the alluvial plain of the River Leadon”
When the current owner took over this part of the woods, there was no plan in place – just a draft one which was out of date and never implements. Over the next 18 months of working with Natural England and Forest England, we created a new plan to return this part of the woods to a 16 year Coppice rotation. We felt that although this was much more work than converting to a high canopy (i.e. no coppicing), that this would yield the most in terms of varied wildlife habitat and is true to the original use of the woods.