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Friends of West End Copse

New Sign

It's been two years in the planning and we've finally installed the first of two new information signs in West End Copse. It can be found at the Ullswater Avenue entrance. The sign includes a map to help with navigation of the area. The second sign will be installed in the coming weeks at the Duddon Road entrance. 



Friends of West End Copse Update - November 2020


2020 has been a tough year for us all, with COVID restrictions stopping normal life in its tracks.

Friends of West End Copse has only managed two action mornings so far this year, one of those being socially distanced, 

but we've still managed to go out individually, to pick up litter and cut back the odd overhanging branch. We continue to check the condition of the copse and very soon, we will be installing a new sign at the Ullswater Avenue entrance, which will include a map and information about the flora, fauna.


I would personally like to thank everyone, that has been involved with the group over the years since we were formed and to let you know,

that we will continue our work where possible, to maintain the upkeep of the copse, so that we can all enjoy the benefits it brings.


Best wishes to everybody and stay safe


Terry Buck




Friends of West End Copse





After a constructive meeting at Townhill Farm Community Centre, we had a good morning in the copse.

The team worked on copicing young Sycamore trees to encourage stronger growth. Cuttings were used to block a path created by people taking a short cut across an area of Bluebell growth. So hopefully the Bluebells will recover.

We also collected a large amount of rubbish, particularily from behind the houses in Monnow Gardens.

A big thank you to everyone who helped. We always welcome new members, so if you would like to join us please come along next time.


‘I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who attended our Action Morning on Saturday the 17th March.


Our objective was to improve the path which runs from Ivy Lane to the Boardwalk in the centre of the Copse.

We purchased three jumbo bags of 20mm gravel, which was spread along 30yds of the path (which was previously very boggy) to make it much easier for people to access the copse from the Ivy Lane entrance.


It was hard work shifting the gravel into the copse but rewarding to see the end result. We still have a lot to do but we are getting there.


The morning was finished with a very welcome bacon roll.


It was nice to have Councillor Harry Hellier and new member Dan Allen join us.


This year Dan is raising money for The Saints Foundation by cycling from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on the 11th May to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on the 13th May 2018 a total of 233 miles over 3 days to coincide with Saints last game of the season. The aim of Saints Foundation is to improve the lives of children, young people and adults at risk across Southampton and surrounding areas. If you would like to help Dan please go to his Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daniel-allen17


If you would like to join us and help make West End Copse a better place contact me via the West End Parish council website.


Report provided by Terry Buck - Chairman for Friends of West End Copse




The latest Action Morning was held on 11th March with three new members joining us.  Some of the team concentrated on rubbish clearance behind the houses in Monnow Gardens and they managed to collect around six large sack loads!

The group cut back Holly and Cherry Laurel in the Duddon Road area as well as removing some silt which had built up on one or two areas of the pathways.

A reminder to all those who visit the Copse:  Drink cans, bottles and plastic flower pots are not biodegradeable. 

We have become concerned at some anti-social behaviour maybe taking place in the woods.  If you see anything or anybody acting in a suspicious manner, please contact Hampshire Police on 101.

Report provided by Terry Buck - Chairman for Friends of West End Copse



All residents who would like more influence over the future of the Copse are welcome to join the Group.  For further information contact Cllr Harry Hellier at hellierharry@live.co.uk, Terence Buck (Chair of Friends of West End Copse) terrybuck41@yahoo.co.uk  call the Parish Office on 023 80462371.