Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative

Charity Number: 1073490


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    The Copse Project

    During one of Youth Action Commitee meetings, our young people agreed they wanted to do something positive for the community. They heard about the Playscape Commitee and their vision of redeveloping Great Shelford Recreational Ground. We approached the commitee and explained that we had a bunch of young people who really wanted to give something to the community and they really wanted to support Playscape's vision and asked if there was anyway we can get involved. Playscape then met up with us and agreed that SSYI should take the lead role in developing The Copse.

    The Copse is the beautiful part of the bottom of the recreational ground where there are trees and a river. We wanted to enhance what is already there by encouraging more people to explore the copse, engage with nature and for it to be accessible to all. Subsequently, the YAC started to dream and vision what the copse could look like and with close consultation with the Landscape Architect, began drawing plans. We then met with the Parish Council and after explaining the vision, sharing the plans and public consultation, we received the approval! 


    Designed by local Landscape Architect Sophie O’Hara Smith, the intention is to blur the edges of the copse by increasing the number of native plants and trees, opening up some routes through the copse and leaving grass to grow in to meadows whilst introducing logs to play and sit on. We hope this will encourage more wildlife and entice the community to experience the wilder side of the rec!


    The Wildlife Trust is supportive of the proposals and have recommended planting woodland species such as Wood Avens, Ramsons, Selfheal, Red Campion, Hairy St John’s Wort and Primrose, amongst others.

    Please click below to see The Copse proposal and Consultations documents.

    SSYI are  supporting this project through significant funding and labour – the young people will be doing much of the work themselves!

    The works schedule:

    Dec – Build bird boxes
    Jan – Put up bird boxes
    Feb – Mark out new meadow areas, plant trees
    Mar – Plant wild flower plug plants in meadow, plant new shrubs
    Mar – Willow Work shop to build the new willow den
    Apr – Begin clearing paths through copse
    May – Install logs and stepping stones

    To see more details about The Copse Project and the redevelopment of the Great Shelford Recreational Ground, please visit Playscape's website below.

    To see all the hard work that has been done already on The Copse Project, please click on the following documents to give a brief overview of each stage!

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