The Wychwood Project is a registered charity that uses the focus of the Royal hunting Forest of Wychwood to encourage local people to understand, conserve and restore its rich mosaic of landscapes and wildlife habitats. The area we work in covers 120 square miles and 41 parishes, mostly in West Oxfordshire. It lies partly within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Cotswold AONB) and is featured in five Conservation Target Areas - some of Oxfordshire's most important areas for wildlife: Blenheim and Ditchley Parks, Glyme and Dorn Valleys, Northern Evelode Valleys, Upper Windrush Valley and Wychwood and Lower Evenlode.
Through a wide range of activities, and by partnering with other organisations and working closely with local communities, we deliver advice, training, events, education and on-the-ground conservation projects.
Our aims are to:
- raise awareness of, and appreciation for, the history and identity of Wychwood
- conserve and restore the distinctive character of the landscape within the Norman Royal Hunting Forest boundaries
- maintain and enhance a wide range of wildlife and habitats to encourage bio-diversity
- promote and support systems of land management in a working landscape which respect the history, characteristic landscapes and habitats of the area
- promote and support woodland management and increased levels of woodland planting in appropriate locations
- encourage and assist all those who live and work in the area to understand the importance of conservation, and to become involved.
Examples of what we do can be found under our work.
The three pillars of our organisational aims are conservation, education and participation.