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Island Pond Wood, Launton, BicesterStreet MapGoogle MapPhotos

Managed by: The Friends of Island Pond Wood

OS grid reference: SP 609 222

Nearest postcode: OX26 5DB

Usual work: scrub clearance


Island Pond Wood is a small site of just over 4 Ha located close to the village of Launton. It is a relatively new woodland planted in 1999 as part of The Woodland Trust's 'Woods on Your Doorstep' (WOYD) scheme. The local community help plant it and continue to take an active part in its management. The site is prone to flooding and the species mix reflects the low-lying wet conditions, with a high proportion of willow, alder and ash and also a minor component of native black poplar. Oak is also present.There is a pond in the northern corner that is fished under a permit system by local people. A main circular path goes around the bulk of the wood, together with other connecting paths.


Take the A34 then the A41 to Bicester. At the roundabout junction of the A41 and the B4030 follow the A41 to the right. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A4421 (Seelschied Way - the Bicester ring road). Cross two roundabouts, now on Charbridge Lane, then turn right at the third roundabout onto Bicester Road and drive into Launton. Turn right at the Bull Inn onto West End. The gated entrance to Island Pond Wood in on the left after 200 meters, where West End curves to the right. There is limited parking on West End.