Highclere Parish Council
Details of the Little Penwood Management Plan can be viewed on the Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council website https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk
Little Penwood is a 13ha woodland located to the northeast of Highclere, approximately 8 miles to the south of Newbury in North Hampshire. The woodland is owned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) and forms the southern component of the much larger Great Penwood which is managed by the Forestry Commission. The woodland is roughly triangular in shape. Immediately to the north are the residential developments of Heathlands and Woodlands. A river runs along the southern boundary, separating the site from paddocks and the western boundary is defined by the A343 public highway.
An Action Plan resulted in Meetings with Parish Council - Woodland Management Plan created - Clearance of some of the woodland to open up space and create pathway - Feasibility studies - Access Improvement Works (Landscaping) - Way Marked Route - Trim Trail.
Future work will include: Selective removal of some of the large conifer trees to the west of the site; Monitoring natural regeneration on the northern triangle and open area; Woodland thinning of some of the denser areas of vegetation.
The 2.8km way marked route around Little Pen Wood is a Run England 3-2-1 Route. There are route markers placed strategically around the route directing users the correct way. Anyone can access the route and it’s a great way of providing a meaningful challenge to help more people to get running when it best suits them. As a 3-2-1 route, it will also be advertised on the Run England website. Trim Trails are made up of simple pieces of exercise equipment placed around parks/open spaces, and are free to use. The equipment can be used to do various exercises that can develop balance, strength and coordination. They are a great way to make a run more interesting and work a few more muscles. You can even go along with friends or family for a fun workout in the fresh air. In order to tie in with the Woodland Management Plan, all of the equipment has been selected from the timber adventure range.
Use of the Trim Trail and the equipment is always done at the participants own risk.The signage clearly informs users of this and advises to be mindful of the conditions of the woodland (falling deadwood, tree stumps, slippery leaves etc.) All of the equipment installed meets the necessary standards. Regular inspections are carried out and any issues should be reported to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.
Little Penwood, off Foxs Lane