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History of Stratfield Brake

Stratfield Brake was bought by the Woodland Trust in 1997 as part of its Woods on your Doorstep (WOYD) campaign, which marked the new millennium.

At the time trees were planted with the help of local volunteers across around 6ha (15 acres) of land. Another 1.5ha (3.7 acres) were planted in 2012 during the Trust’s Jubilee Woods campaign, which celebrated the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

The new woodland is growing well and in future will complement Stratfield Brake’s mature wood.  There were plans to extend the planting towards the Oxford Canal, but they were shelved as the wet area was important to birds and plants.

This wetland area has since been extended and improved, with a mosaic of lakes, ditches, shallows and islands. The wetland area was designed for the Trust by the Environment Agency. It was officially opened in June 2005 by the BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.