Corporate Articles

Green Light for Honeydale

The Wychwood Project have worked with Honeydale Farm, one of our corporate partners, on several occasions.  We caught up with them to hear recent news:

“The Wychwood Project’s aim to encourage people to understand, conserve and restore the landscapes and wildlife habitats across the Wychwood Forest area, runs in parallel with our aims at Honeydale Farm, which lies within the boundaries of the ancient Forest. And since Cotswold Seeds took ownership of Honeydale four years ago, we’ve benefited from a close association with the Wychwood Project.

Nick Mottram (Project Director until 2014) advised us on tree and shrub planting to help to create a shelter belt and habitat for insects, birds and mammals, around our four trial fields, and we were also delighted to welcome around 30 volunteer tree-planters, marshalled by the Wychwood Project, to enhance the natural flood alleviation works. Supporters turned out in force and it was heartening to see people of all ages, from all walks of life and from all over the Cotswolds, as well as further afield, working together. We planted 2000 saplings including alder, hazel, field maple, willow, dogwood and sweet chestnut, which will be harvested for firewood and to provide poles for hedge laying.

So we’re delighted to announce that we will be creating a Centre to promote diverse, traditional, mixed farming at Honeydale. This sympathetic improvement and extension to current buildings on the farm were approved by West Oxfordshire District Council planning committee who commended the work we’ve already been doing here, with the Wychwood Proejct’s help. At the end of May we began taking down the rundown sheds which will be replaced by new buildings, one of which will offer space for meetings, presentations and other events. The second will be an Enterprise Barn, for the use of micro-businesses operating on the farm and the processing of produce.

The architects’ illustration shows what it will all look when it’s completed, scheduled to be mid 2019. We want Honeydale to be a place where people and organisations, such as the Wychwood Project, with an interest in agriculture and the wider countryside environment, can meet to learn, discuss, discover and share ideas. Watch this space! “

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens - Joined October 2016

Burford Garden Company

Burford Garden Company joined as a Corporate Partner in October 2016 for one year.

Owen Mumford joins The Wychwood Project as a Corporate Partner - June 2016

Owen Mumford is proud to be a Corporate Partner of The Wychwood Project

"We are very lucky to be situated in the beautiful Oxfordshire surroundings of Woodstock and Chipping Norton, both adjacent to the boundaries of the historic Wychwood Forest. Our locations make The Wychwood Project a perfect partner for us as we build our engagement with the local communities in which we work and contribute to protecting and enhancing the wildlife and biodiversity around us.

We hope that our employees will be encouraged by our partnership to get involved and take an active interest in the stewardship of our local wild spaces, helping us keep our people happy, healthy and engaged.

First up is a project to train Owen Mumford volunteers to help address the encroaching threat of Himalayan Balsam on Woodstock Water Meadows. The Meadows are managed by The Wychwood Project for Woodstock Town Council and adjacent to our head office. We hope there will be many more joint initiatives to follow and look forward to working with the dedicated and knowledgeable team at The Wychwood Project."

Greg Webster
Environmental Steering Group
Owen Mumford Ltd