Princethorpe Woodlands

The Princethorpe Woodlands scheme is one of the Trust’s Living Landscape areas. The 50 year vision for the area is: "An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all".

Discover the woodland on your doorstep. You can be involved in this exciting project to restore and enhance your local woodlands for wildlife. Look out for the Wappenbury Wood work parties, and the Princethorpe Woodlands Discovery Day on Saturday 21st February.

The Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull identifies the Princethorpe Woodlands as "the most important cluster of ancient woodlands in Warwickshire". The area includes 20 woodlands covering 618 hectares and represents more than 10% of the whole of Warwickshire’s ancient woodland.


In January 2012 significant support of £92,503 grant was secured from the SITA Trust Enriching Nature programme. This funding covers the period January 2012 to March 2014, and has enabled the appointment of a Woodlands Restoration Officer.


One of Living Landscapes’ key aims is to promote the connection between the community and the environment. Our volunteers play a crucial role in helping the project to reach its goals, and we hope that in return it provides opportunities for them to reconnect with their local landscape.

"Until receiving the training with The Trust I was only able to identify the more common trees and shrubs. I now go out for walks with my family and am able to pass on my new found knowledge.” Eileen Gane, Nov 2012


an outstanding example of a large area of semi-natural habitat

Hedgerows are a vital part of our landscape heritage and important features for farmers and wildlife alike. See the BBC's Guide to Hedgerows

The Princethorpe Woodlands scheme has achieved significant successes already:

  • Volunteers have surveyed over 30km of hedgerow
  • Over the winter of 2012-13, we worked in partnership with local landowners to restore 1.2km of hedgerow. As more and more landowners take part in the scheme, we hope to restore 5km of hedgerow in 2013-14.


Our remnant ancient woodlands are vital refuges for increasingly rare and often beautiful species of insect, birds, plants and mammals. The woodlands alone are home to 34 of the 35 butterfly species found in Warwickshire and important for several LBAP species:

  • Dormouse
  • Wood white butterfly
  • Dingy skipper butterfly
  • Small leaved lime

A vital part of our work therefore is the carrying out of surveys for breeding birds, bats and mammals within the Trust woodlands. This will give detailed information from which we can identify the priority areas and actions needed to restore hedgerows and woodlands.

We are working in partnership with local landowners to increase woodland cover in the scheme area by 2 hectares, and continue with the management and restoration of the Trust owned and managed Wappenbury Wood, Old Nun Wood and Ryton Wood (a SSSI).

Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly at Ryton WoodsYOUR HELP NEEDED!
We are currently recruiting new volunteers currently to help with surveying, and offer training to undertake this project. If you are interested and can offer some time to help, do get in touch.

If you are a landowner or manager within the area, we would welcome the opportunity to make links with you. Resources and materials are available to plant woodland and improve hedges and we would also require your permission to carry out hedgerow surveys.


We are currently applying for funding to develop the Princethorpe Living Landscape Project from 2014 onwards. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact the Woodlands Restoration Officer.




The Trust is working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to fulfil action on the ground, aiming towards the vision of a landscape that is managed sympathetically for wildlife. 12 partners including Butterfly Conservation, Coventry City Council, The Deer Initiative, The Forestry Commission, Forest Enterprise, local landowners, Mineral Products Association, Natural England, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Dormouse Conservation group, and the Woodland Trust are working together with the Trust to develop and find resources for delivery of projects on the ground.


Warwickshire Life featured the project in May 2013. To read the article, click here.



Chris Redstall, Woodlands Restoration Officer for Princethorpe Woodlands
024 7630 8998 or 07703 192 198

Eddie Asbery, Woodlands Project Officer
024 7630 8984 or 07703 192 199

Gina Rowe, Head of Living Landscapes (Projects)
024 7630 8976


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