In April 2013 Gift to Nature took ownership of this small woodland between Sylvan Avenue, St James Church and Victoria Walk, the new residential development in East Cowes. The site has for some years been hidden away behind the famous blue boards but is now open to visitors once more as we work to restore it for people and for wildlife.
How to get there
On foot/By bike – You can access the copse on foot from the top of Sylvan Avenue (near the junction with Hefford Road, or 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.
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 seven wonderful old veteran oaks full of nooks and crannies and draped in ivy. These are important landmarks and exceptional habitats.
Managing the site
With the help of the Homes and Communities Agency, Barratt Homes, and local organizations. Castle Copse was reopened in June 2014. Visitors are now able to enjoy improved paths, access, new seats and fantastic sculptures.
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.