Our work

Purple flowering plants next a wallThe Wychwood Project works to conserve the wildlife, habitats and landscape features of the Wychwood Forest. 

We manage four conservation sites, support our ‘special interest’ conservation groups and undertake a range of conservation projects, alone and in partnership with other organisations.

 

Position Statement - Development

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 Wychwood Project area, in common with many other parts of Oxfordshire, is subject to an increasing number of development proposals including for new housing and infrastructure.

Since its inception the Wychwood Project has been hosted and supported by West Oxfordshire District and Oxfordshire County Councils. This arrangement has been and continues to be benifical to the Project, allowing it to deliver wildlife, landscape and community benefits on the ground, across the project area, as efficiently as possible.

Whilst this arrangement remains we do not consider it appropriate to comment in favour of or against development proposala of whatever scale. The Project staff will provide comments and advice to the planning authorities where this is specifically requested by them and twe have the resources to respond. The Wychwood Project reserves the right to comment where it has legal interest in land that is potentially affected by development, e.g. Foxburrow Wood, Grimes Mead and Wigwell Nature Reserve.

The Wychwood Project strongly supports the principle that all development should provide a net gain in biodiversity and an enchancement in landscape quality and its future management. Where development is permitted the Wychwood Project will seek opportunities to work with local communities to ensure that wildlife and landscape improvements are achieved.