A visit to Gault wood
Standing out in the landscape, Gault wood is a lush green woodland surrounded by arable fields in the Fens. Located close to the Cambridgeshire town of March, the closest wood is 10kms away! The woodland was planted entirely by a team of volunteers from the local community between December 1994 and February 1996 as part of the Cambridgeshire Woodland Fund project. Tree species found at Gault include oak, ash, alder, willow and field maple, with shrubs including hawthorn, dogwood, hazel and hawthorn. Spindle, holly and guelder rose bring vibrant colour to the wood and other species include crab apple, goat willow, lime and the wayfaring tree.
On site there is a mix of woodland and open grass areas, two ponds and scrub habitat along the ride margins. Fallen deadwood is another important habitat. These habitats encourage a wide range of wildlife species and excitingly it is a possible breeding site for the endangered water vole.
Gault wood is owned by the Woodland Trust and volunteers play a vital role in the fulfilling of the management plan. The group take on the day to day management of the site, carrying out practical conservation work and planning and delivering events for the local community. Most recently the Gault wood volunteers hosted a successful community event for local families which celebrated 25 years since the woods creation. Visitors to the event got the chance to have a go at loads of activities including bug hunting, wildlife crafts and could join a guided walk.
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers at Gault Wood!
Amanda Brookes – Volunteering Development Officer (Central region)