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Chiltern Society Bottom Wood Group
SummaryBottom Wood is owned by a registered charity, the Chiltern Society (since 1984). The wood is managed as a nature reserve and demonstration site. A Forest School makes use of the woodland.
Area of OperationBottom Wood is in Radnage Parish, Buckinghamshire. Near Stokenchurch and covers 14.5 ha.
AddressChiltern Woodlands Project The Lodge, 90 Station Road, Chinnor
RegionThe South East
PostcodeOX39 4HA
Telephone01844 355503
E-Mailcontact Chiltern Society Bottom Wood Group ( and
History & BackgroundThe Chiltern Societyís Small Woodlands Project used this wood as a base and demonstration site when it started in 1983. A group of volunteers has formed and have carried out much of the practical management of the wood in recent years. They meet regularly on the first Sunday morning in the month to carry out tasks. The wood has a number of important species - we are currently recording common dormice in nest boxes as part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Project. Rare flora includes coralroot bittercress, yellow birdísnest, various orchids etc.The history of the wood has been researched and it contains a number of archaeological features.
Current AimsTo manage this ancient semi-natural woodland as a nature reserve. It covers 14.5 ha of which 3 ha were planted in 1951 on former chalk grassland. Parish boundary hedge runs along lower edge. A bridleway runs the length of the wood.
StructureA voluntary group of the Chiltern Society, an amenity society covering the Chiltern Hills (an area of 650 square miles) and a registered charity with about 5,000 members (25 of them active). Its aim is to maintain the special qualities of the Chiltern Hills. Registered Charity
ResourcesNo paid staff. Volunteers in the group work in the wood. (Approx. 6 -8 on a regular basis). Funding: From parent Chiltern Society Grants from the English Woodland Grant Scheme. Timber and firewood sales. Voluntary effort. Membership income
Areas of Experience
  • Biodiversity/Conservation
  • Coppice
  • Squirrel Management
  • Wildlife
  • Woodland Management/Silviculture
  • Working with communities
  • Working with schools
Areas of ActivityOccasional open days and guided walks for groups. Display boards and leaflets to guide visitors to the wood. Regular volunteer work parties on first Sunday morning of the month. Species monitoring.
PublicationsBottom Wood leaflet. Bottom Wood - A Chiltern Woodland, 1994: A guide to the wood including detailed species list. Articles in the Chiltern News, the magazine of the Chiltern Society. Guide Books
SponsorsThe Chiltern Society
Other Organisations InvolvedChiltern Woodlands Project Forestry Commission
Record last updated2012-04-19 17:21:16