Due to Covid-19, we have reduced personnel at the offices of the Sylva Foundation and our premises at the Sylva Wood Centre. Emails and phone messages are being checked but please allow a little longer than usual to receive a response.
Please do not arrange a formal visit without first checking with us. Members of the public are free to enjoy our network of permitted paths through the Future Forest as usual.
Join in with a unique village project - the Wittenhams Community Orchard at the Sylva Wood Centre. Become an Orchard CropSharer, support the planting and care of the orchard - and take a share of the harvest. The Community Orchard contains 50 fruit and nut trees, surrounded by wildlife-friendly, 'edible' hedges. A path meanders through the trees, while bees and orchard-friendly wildflowers help make sure the trees stay fruitful year on year. We hope the Orchard will be a peaceful, productive place, cared for by Sylva and CropSharers, that everyone in the local community can enjoy. But we need your help.
We recieved funding to help us plant the Orchard but we need your support to help pay for on-going maintenance and management, running education sessions for children and adults and managing the harvest process. Taking a Cropshare will not only support the Orchard and its management but also make a valuable contribution to the charitable work of the Sylva Foundation as a whole; helping British woodlands thrive for people and for nature. We hope families, businesses and organisations in the Wittenhams will get involved by taking one of the 50 Orchard Cropshares available.
As a Wittenham Community Orchard Cropsharer you will:
If you like getting your hands dirty you can also get involved in an Orchard CropSharers Working Party to help look after the Orchard. There are two ways to take a CropShare:
* Produce from the orchard will be shared equally between CropSharers each year according to guidelines drawn up by CropSharers and Sylva Foundation in a spirit of goodwill and community co-operation. This is a natural project and fruit cannot be guaranteed. ** Any business or organisation taking a CropShare can nominate two people to attend the Harvest Day.