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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.

Time Commitment

Volunteer days are regular and announced on Tocil Wood Conservation facebook page:

It’s not a problem if you can’t stay until the end of the session, or if you can’t make it every week.


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 and gloves are provided.


We will show you what to do and give you the appropriate safety training at the beginning of your first session.