Welcome to Baxter's Field 
An Open Space For All Seasons
Tythe Copse
Why not take a stroll through the Tythe Copse and witness the changing seasons.  All kinds of birds, insects and animals live in the copse.  There are nesting boxes for a variety of birds, newly planted saplings and a host of other interesting features - like the bridge over the fallen lime, which is made of 10,000 recycled plastic bottles;  tarry a while on one of the benches and appreciate the calm serenity of the trees.  Take a look at the map which gives you a brief history of the copse.
WHY IS THE COPSE ALWAYS CLOSED?
When we created the Tythe Copse Nature area, it was our intention to have it open at the same time as the field. We labelled trees and plants and bought a large collection of smaller labels for flowers, fungi etc. We notified local schools of the copse's existence and hoped it would be used by groups of children.
 
Sadly, the area quickly attracted groups of young people who could hide away drinking, smoking dope and creating a lot of litter.  Unsupervised younger children liked charging around the pathways rather than quietly observing and listening to the natural world. Our bat and bird boxes were frequently vandalised.  Most of the labels were thrown around or disappeared.  Finally, the death of a hedgehog - run through with a stick - prompted our decision to close the gates.  This has not stopped people getting in, damaging fences as they do so, but we hope it is making a safer and more peaceful refuge for wildlife and plants.
 
HOWEVER,
we remain hopeful that groups will come on supervised visits and we can open the copse at any time for these.  We will also open if you and your family or visitors would like to spend some time in there.  You only have to contact 01273 472251 or 01273 474110 to arrange an opening.