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     Roughmoor Spinney






The history of the spinney

The uses of ash wood


The Roughmoor Spinney in Whilton Village has been open to the public since 2000, and has been developed, maintained and managed by a Spinney Management Group of volunteers from the Parish.  However, the group now urgently require a new Chair and Secretary in order to keep it running.  The Group meet around 4 times a year, and co-ordinate effort to maintain the Spinney for all to use.  If anyone is interested in taking on these key positions, please email the Parish Council Clerk.


It is now 20 years since the ownership of Roughmoor Spinney passed to the Parish of Whilton.  The transfer of the freehold is dated 28th September 1998, although at that point the Spinney was not safe or accessible for the public.

Over the autumn members of the Spinney Management Group working in partnership with the Parish Council have been able to organise three work parties, with volunteers from the village too.  The pond has been cleared and the overgrowth removed.  Trees have been pruned, and work has begun on clearing out the stream with the aim of preventing blockages, especially if there is heavy rain this winter.  Some work has been done on weekdays as well as weekends, according to the times offered by volunteers.

We would like to thank all who have given their time and energy.

(December 2018)