Explore the Forest Our Woodlands Waypost Wood Our newest Community Woodland We started planting at Waypost Wood in 2017 and have now completed it, as of March 2018! It’s 7 hectares (17 acres) at the edge of Cranfield, with a WW2 pillbox located in the boundary hedge. Did you know - about 28,000 pillboxes and other hardened field fortifications were constructed in England in 1940 as part of the British anti-invasion preparations for WW2. About 6,500 of these structures still survive. Photo from 1951 - Pauline and her father dig up potatoes at Waypost Wood when it was an allotmentPhoto: Jane Heritage We specifically didn’t plant any ash trees at this site, because of ash dieback – we planted hornbeams instead. Hornbeam is old English for ‘hard tree’ – and as the wood is so hard, it is used for butchers' chopping blocks and cogs for windmills and watermills. There are mown and surfaced paths that are level enough for buggies and wheelchairs, and benches in Millennium Park, which is adjacent to the site. Brownies planting at Waypost Wood in 2018 How to get there: There is no parking available at this woodland - so please do not drive there!Access from: Lodge Road Walk Nearby: Circular walk from the Forest Centre (10 miles)The Bourne Potter Trail (2.5 miles)Cranfield to Hulcote Wood (10 miles) Cycle Nearby routes: Route 51 (length varies) from Oxford to Milton Keynes, Sandy and Cambridge. Horse ride Circular ride from the Forest Centre (10 miles)Horse riding is permitted throughout Waypost Wood For more information, or to report an issue at any of these sites please call 01234 767037 or email us. Help us look after this site Money doesn't grow on trees - donate now If your friends and family use Waypost Wood then please let them know that it is run by the Forest of Marston Vale and not the council. Land is expensive and managing woodlands is expensive. It isn't as simple as putting a tree in the ground and walking away - it costs £20 to plant one tree and look after it for 5 years. So trees don't cost the earth, but they might just save it.