Savernake Parish News

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Savernake Forest Family Walk

Postern Hill Car Park


June 2024

On Thursday 6th June, meeting at Postern Hill car park at 4pm.

As part of the North Wessex Downs Walking Festival join Forestry England’s Community Ranger, Sian Brewer, for a relaxed guided walk for the whole family at Savernake Forest.

You will see beautiful, ancient trees dotted along the trail, explore their features and creatures, and look at how to identify them. You’ll do plenty of wildlife spotting and talk about the way Forestry England manages these beautiful places. There will be optional activities following the walk, including ‘meet a tree’ and making critter homes. The walk will be at a gentle pace suitable for prams and pushchairs, wheelchairs and little legs. Postern Hill has lots of picnic tables if you would like to bring your own picnic for before or after the walk. Please do bring drinks to stay hydrated during the afternoon.

For tickets, visit Savernake Family Walk tickets. The event is free but please book tickets so that Sian knows how many to expect.

Forestry England update - April 2024


March 2024

Wood pasture restoration at Savernake Forest

One of our long-term priorities is to restore Savernake Forest’s characteristic wood pasture. This is one of the Forest’s many valuable habitats that has been shaped by centuries of human management. Historically, wood pasture would contain a blend of trees, vegetation, and open space, and would support a diverse range of wildlife.

In the Red Vein Bottom enclosure (see map), some of the oak trees were starting to be swamped by regenerating birch trees. The density of birch was also preventing the grazing cows from getting further into the enclosure, which is critical to the restoration.

To address this, we have worked in partnership with Willis Brothers, specialists in building jumps and fences for equestrian sport, including events such as Badminton Horse Trials and the Olympics. Willis Brothers have cut the birch and will use the tops to create hurdles for racing, while the larger stems stay in the forest.

The benefits for the Red Vein enclosure include an increased amount of dead wood, which is an essential part of the forest ecosystem, and new habitat piles of birch material that will attract invertebrates, small mammals, and reptiles. The herd of Herefords will be able to move about the enclosure more freely, trampling bracken and helping to restore the wood pasture. And last but not least, removing the birch has halo-ed some future veteran trees. Haloing means removing competing trees and vegetation, and can be done around the tree trunk, or crown, or both. With the birch removed, these oak trees have more light and space, and less competition. Although these particular trees are not yet old, they have characteristics that could make them valuable veterans of the future.

Nikki Morgans – area forester, Forestry England

Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) Collection Box Volunteers needed



February 2024

If you love getting out and about but also want to support a cause in achieving its aim, then becoming a Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) Collection Box Volunteer. This could be the right step for you. You will be involved in displaying our collection boxes in your local community to help raise funds for WBVT.

In this community-spirited volunteer role, your support will include getting involved in the following:

  • Getting out and about to display our iconic collection boxes in your local community
  • Networking with organisations to share our cause and encourage them to display our collection boxes
  • Maintain an accurate list of the location of the collection boxes and the dates on which they have been replaced or emptied
  • At suitable intervals be responsible for the collection and replacement of these collection boxes
  • Being an ambassador for WBVT

You'll ideally:

  • Have good organisational skills to organise distribution of collection boxes
  • Have good communication skills to spread the word about WBVT
  • Be looking to commit to 8hrs a week which is flexible to allow you to enjoy a work-life balance

· The minimum age of this volunteer role is Over 18 and you will require your own vehicle, insurance, and Driving Licence

If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, we’d love to hear from you! We’re always open to suggestions and are very happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible, so please just get in

Who to call for storm damage


November 2023

The following is a quick guide to what is and isn’t the responsibility of the Fire and Rescue Service when storm damage occurs:

ProblemWho to call
Fallen tree on road, not endangering lifeLocal authority
Fallen tree on road or vehicle, endangering lifeFire and Rescue Service – call 999
Fallen tree on property, not endangering lifePersonal responsibility
Fallen tree on property, endangering lifeFire and Rescue Service – call 999
Unsafe structure overhanging a public highway or public footpathFire and Rescue Service – call 999
Unsafe structure overhanging property, not endangering lifePersonal responsibility
Unsafe structure overhanging property, endangering lifeFire and Rescue Service – call 999
General floodingWait for water to subside. See also further advice.
Flooding with life riskFire and Rescue Service – call 999
Flooding affecting electricsOnly if safe to do so, isolate electrics – if in any doubt, contact the Fire and Rescue Service on 999
Power cutCall 105

Local authority information is as follows:

13 people have died on the county's roads in 2023 so far


August 2023

You may already have seen some of the following press releases about Wiltshire Police's Road safety campaign launched following the death of 13 people on Wiltshire's roads so far this year due to the increased number of people killed or seriously injured on Wiltshire’s roads.

Find out more here and here.

Savernake Volunteer Group


August 2023

The Savernake Forest Volunteer group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month to carry out various woodland management tasks. This might include haloing beneath the ancient trees (clering competing vegetation to maintain tree health), surveying local fauna and flora, coppicing, pond clearance and other practical tasks.

If you would like to join the above group please got to Volunteering in Savernake Forestor contact Greg Kerr on