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Tocil Wood Conservation

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Volunteering Opportunities

The main focus of this project is coppicing. This is a traditional method of woodland management which involves clearing sections of the woodland of young trees. Light can then get down to the forest floor which increases biodiversity in the habitat. You can read more about coppicing on Wikipedia.

Read Yuan's blog about volunteering with Tocil Wood


We meet outside the SUHQ building (near Rootes Grocery Store) 5-10 minutes before the start of the session, and then we all walk together to the site of the day’s session.

Tocil Wood is the bluebell wood on campus and enjoys protected status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This project offers a great opportunity to help preserve this ancient oak woodland.

How to get involved

Sign-Up is closed for 2018-19

You will receive an email from the Project Leader with a link to the online sign up for the upcoming session. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Time Commitment

The project runs during terms 1 and 2 and sessions last for approx. 3 hours.

Volunteering is flexible and it’s not a problem if you cant make every session, or need to leave a little earlier.


You will need to wear sturdy shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing: i.e. waterproofs and warm clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy!

We have a few pairs of wellies and waterproof jackets available email if you would like to borrow some.

Tools, gloves and safety equipment are provided.


All volunteers are shown what to do and are given safety training at the start of each session.