Unfortunately there are no buses on Sundays, and very few throughout the week. From J4 of the M5 take the A491 towards Stourbridge, and at the first roundabout take the first exit towards Fairfield. Drive past the village shop on right, and the church on left. At the mini-roundabout, turn right on to Bournheath Rd, which becomes Brook Rd after fifty yards. Follow Brook Rd for about half a mile, and descend a short steep hill to a T-junction with Dordale Rd. Here turn right. The entrance to the wood is on the right after about 300 yards. If you pass a house on the left, you have just missed it!
Welcome to the new Pepper Wood website!
Our most valuable resource is volunteers.
Our work parties take place every Sunday, starting at about 10 am, and last until 1:30 pm. All shapes and sizes of people are welcome, although we do require that children are accompanied by a responsible adult. We particularly welcome young people working for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. We have recently started a mid-week work party, currently attended by a small group of long-standing volunteers, who are always pleased to see new faces. This meets on Wednesday mornings at 10 am, and concentrates on the smaller tasks that do not figure largely in the the Work Programme, or somehow didn't get done the previous Sunday.
All tools are provided at work parties, and all you will need is: Clothes to protect you from the elements and rogue plants such bramble and dog rose, strong shoes or boots, something to drink, and a sense of humour. The last of these is essential!! A lot of Mickey-taking goes on at work parties.
An essential ritual of all work parties is the cake and coffee break. In colder months this is held around a brazier on which coffee is roasted and brewed.
No experience or specific skills are assumed; a lot of the work is scaled-up gardening.To get to Pepper Wood:
On entering the car park, turn right through a large green gate, with a wood-clad shed ahead of you. You have now arrived.
Please note that the hill approaching Dordale Rd can be extremely treacherous in frosty conditions, and should be descended at a crawl and minimal use of brakes. In normal conditions it is perfectly safe.