New footbridge improves access into Savages Wood

Savages Wood Footbridge

A new footbridge has been constructed to provide an additional access point into Bradley Stoke’s Savages Wood. The bridge is situated just off the path that runs along the boundary of Bradley Stoke Community School’s playing fields, not far from the skate park behind Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

The bridge also marks the starting point of the Orienteering and Nature Trail that has recently been constructed in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve.

John Morris of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) told The Journal:

A new wooden footbridge has recently been built by conservation volunteers following demand from dog walkers and other users. It was put there to help walkers cross the deep ditch that runs alongside Savages Wood. The bridge provides a new access point to the woodland and enables users of the new orienteering trail to enter the woodland near the course start.

Savages Wood, consisting predominantly of oak and ash trees, is the largest parcel of woodland in the Nature Reserve. The earliest record of its existence is on the 1880 Ordnance Survey map, although it is thought that some parts of it may be older than that.

A launch event for the new Orienteering and Nature Trail takes place on Saturday 13th September, between 11am and 3pm; entry is free and members of Bristol Orienteering Klub will be on hand to offer friendly advice.

Maps and other materials relating to the Trail may be downloaded from the orienteering page on the SGC website.

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