Oaken Wood is a Butterfly Conservation Reserve on the Sussex Surrey border. This 12 hectares (30 acres) reserve is part of the Forestry Commission's 324 hectare Chiddingfold Forest.
Oaken Wood – schedule and equipment
The meeting time is 9.30am, to enable us to depart at 9.45 and start at Oaken Wood at 10am. We plan to leave Oaken Wood by 15.15 and to arrive back at the car park by 15.30. Tea break will be at 11.30 and lunch at 13.00.
Please make sure you are wearing work clothes, stout boots and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Please also bring a packed lunch, water and flasks of tea or other hot drinks – we are not yet able to provide you with tea at break times.
All hand tools and personal protective equipment will be provided as appropriate to the task in hand. However, if you have your own personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves), please bring these along. Training will be provided in the use of hand tools and safety procedures.
Oaken Wood – contact and registration
As we are forming a new conservation group, please can you to register with Bill Downey your name, address and an emergency contact number. These details will only be used in the case of an emergency during a conservation work party. Could you additionally provide details of any certifications you may have for First Aid, use of power tools, or for chemical usage. We will advise you if these are required on the day.
Again as this is a new group, please can you give Bill Downey an idea of your level of experience as a conservation volunteer. if conservation work is completely new to you, you will be doubly welcome – and we will ensure that you are given all the training, help and support you need.Bill Downey, Transect Coordinator, Butterfly Conservation Surrey & SW London
Tel: 07917 243 984
Oaken Wood – parking and access
Oaken Wood is a very difficult site to access, has extremely limited parking and we also have to ensure that the forest roads are kept clear for Forestry Commission vehicles. For this reason the meeting place will be at the car park at nearby Sidney Wood – and we will then transfer into a couple of cars for the short journey to Oaken Wood.
The Sidney Wood car park is at postcode GU6 8JG ( Grid reference TQ02672 35262).
It is at Tickners Heath on the Dunsfold Road between the village of Dunsfold and the A281 at Alford Crossways. The car park is on the south side of the road close to a bend at Ticknersheath Bridge. We will put a BC notice at the entrance to the car park.Please contact Bill Downey if you need a lift or car shares