Belstead Brook Park

Belstead Brook Park (BBP) is an informal country park in the south west of Ipswich, extending to about 250 acres – offering opportunities for people to explore well-managed countryside right on the edge of town. The Park includes areas of ancient woodland, wet woodland, ponds, meadows, reedbeds, hedges, farmed land and the Brook itself.

The Park is vitally important for wildlife, as well as being for local people to enjoy. In a relatively small area there are a vast range of habitats and rare and projected species including dormice, otters, bats, water voles, reptiles, kingfishers and bluebells.

View location of Belstead Brook Park on Google Maps.

Action Plan for Spring Wood and Millennium Wood

The Greenways Countryside Project manages Spring Wood and Millennium Wood, assisted by Ipswich Wildlife Group and the Friends of Belstead Brook Park. Spring Wood is an Ancient Woodland and Millennium Wood is an adjacent ten year old woodland – these are managed as a single unit.

The woods are County Wildlife Sites, which are sites of county significance for wildlife. They are also Local Nature Reserves.

Management Objectives

  1. To conserve the wildlife value of the wood, including the presence of Dormouse, a european protected species, in the face of changing land use on adjacent land.
  2. Ensure regular coppice cycle is continued and expanded into the regenerated and planted woodland.
  3. Maintain paths and bridges.
  4. Provide suitable on-site information.
  5. Ensure continued involvement of local community.

Management Activities

  • Coppice an area of hazel each year, in rotation, and produce beanpoles and pea sticks
  • Construction and maintenance of dead hedges alongside paths and edge of wood
  • Trim vegetation alongside paths
  • Selective coppicing/removal of willow and aspen
  • Putting down stones to consolidate muddy paths
  • Construct and install bird and dormouse boxes
  • Assist with dormouse monitoring
  • Toad Patrol during toad migration (around March)
  • Monitor for evidence of deer eating coppice regrowth
  • Survey ground flora and tree species
  • Remove tree guards from established trees
  • Pick litter
  • Clean information boards
  • Annual grass cut of meadow in Millennium Wood to maintain grassland habitat (including encouraging growth of wild flowers), with cut material raked off and piled up to provide habitat for reptiles and amphibians

Activities that relate to specific parts of the wood are shown on the map on the following page.

The complete Management Plan is available from Greenways Project,


Spring Wood and Millennium Wood - Map
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