Blackwater Valley Countryside

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Tongham Community Wood

Nature reservePublic parking

Tongham WoodCome along and take a leisurely walk around the site. With multi-user surfaced paths the site is easy to navigate and there are plenty of benches and picnic tables. Take a stroll along wildflower walk or perhaps you would like to visit the old orchard. Keep your eyes open for Brimstones, Peacocks and Red Admirals along the butterfly lalk and take a look at what’s left of the Old Tongham Wood.

History to present day

Originally part of a much larger woodland, Tongham Community Wood is now a small area of wood adjacent to a housing estate. A small section of the woodland has been identified as semi-natural secondary woodland.

In the early 1870s an area of the wood was compulsory purchased by a railway company who cut into the old part of the wood and give it a rather strange shape.

The land changed hands once again in 1990 for the building of the Blackwater Valley Road scheme. 1994 saw the beginning of improvements to the site and tree planting was undertaken either side of the old woodland to alleviate the impact of the road and enhance the landscape of the area.

Tongham Wood looking down old railway pathThe Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership took over the management in 2000 and the site has changed considerably since then. The site originally boasted coppiced trees, an old orchard and an array of wildflowers. A community volunteer group known as the Tongham Wood Improvement Group (TWIG) is working with BVCP to restore the site to its former glory and aims to improve the management of the woodland for wildlife and the local community.

Location

Found on the east side of the A331 just north of the Runfold Roundabout with the A31. Access is via the garage black off Garbetts Way.

Tongham Wood Improvement Group (TWIG)

TWIG meet on the third Sunday of every month to carry out practical management work on the site.

Further information

 See also the map of the Valley