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Welcome to the Pepper Wood website!
 
Our most valuable resource is volunteers.

Our work parties take place every Sunday and Wednesday 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. .

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:

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!

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.