On 16th July 2009 we became proud owners of 15 acres of woodland - Old Copse in West Sussex. Old Copse is a lovely piece of ancient woodland running between a minor road and the edge of an old Hammer Pond created for the medieval iron industry. The land slopes down towards the water which shines through the trees. Roughly a third of the area is covered with a Scots pine plantation which is nearing maturity. The pines have been removed in the other two thirds - probably 10-15 years ago, and a new wood has grown up - mainly birch, with some beech, oak, and rowan. We are determined to manage our wood for conservation and diversity - learning a lot and at the same time having a lot of fun.