Historically Casle Copse was part of a more open ‘Parkland’ landscape and has a small number of veteran trees. These are now surrounded by mature secondary woodland. A hazel understory has been planted to provide cover and a food source for red squirrels.
The large veteran trees on site are of significant ecological and historical landscape significance in themselves. Bramble and adjacent scrubby vegetation provides good protection for the trees and contributes to an open glade effect. A large number of the sites important ecological features and protected species rely on the veteran Oaks and use the scrub as shelter. There is a circular path through the woodland.
How to get there
On foot/By bike – There are four points of access to the site; via Sylvan Avenue, Black Knight Close and two entrances from Consort Gardens.
By bus – Well Road Stop (by Waitrose) (Routes 4/5) + 5 min walk. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – There is a council pay and display car park in Maresfield Road. Or on road parking in Sylvan Avenue – PO32 6PT for your sat nav.
On all G2N sites including this one, the surfaces are in keeping with a countryside location. On this site they are unmade and can be wet throughout the year. Much of the woodland is accessible with care by most people on foot but the Sylvan Avenue entrance is unsuitable for people with mobility scooters.
There are no toilets on site. The nearest toilets are in Waitrose, if during opening hours. There are catering facilities in the Town Centre, less than 10 minutes’ walk.
What to look out for
The woodland is a haven for wildlife and home to rare bats, badgers, foxes, red squirrels, slow worms and many butterflies birds and flowers. Over 616 species of invertebrates have also been found there!. Castle Copse is made up of a variety of tree species, many are still quite young and will be given room to grow and mature but there are in amongst them some wonderful old veteran oaks full of nooks and crannies and draped in ivy. These are important landmarks and exceptional habitats. Don’t forget to look out for the sculpture of two foxes and see if you can find our owl!
Managing the site
With the help of the Homes and Communities Agency, Barratt Homes, and local organizations Castle Copse was reopened in June 2014 with improved paths, access, new seats and fantastic sculptures. East Cowes Town Council kindly contribute towards the site’s upkeep.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on conservation volunteers to help with many tasks and also need people who are happy to regular visit the site be our “eyes and ears”, this means we can respond much quicker to issues. Find out more here.
You can also help by becoming one of our regular supporters. Even giving a few pounds each month can make a real difference, with your donation being invested into site management and improvement work to benefit site visitors and look after our precious wildlife. Sign up here.