Our newest Community Woodland

We started planting at Waypost Wood in 2017 and will complete it in early 2018. It’s 7 hectares (17 acres) at the edge of Cranfield, with a WW2 pillbox located in the boundary hedge! 

Our Public Tree Planting is on Sunday 4th February 2018 - keep an eye out for more info nearer the time!

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.

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.A child and her father plant a tree in winter

How to get there:

There is no parking available at this woodland - so please do not drive there!
Access from: Lodge Road


Circular walk from the Forest Centre (10 miles)
Circular walk to Salford and Hulcot (10 miles)
John Bunyan Trail (45 miles)


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.

Run by a charity

If your friends and family use Waypost Wood then please let them know that it is run by the Forest of Marston Vale (Registered Charity No.1069229) and not the council!

Looking after woodlands is costly - there are benches to be maintained, bins to be emptied, grass paths to be mown and we need your support. Whether you are fundraising for us or even helping us physically look after our sites by volunteering, it all helps us to keep the Forest a growing and thriving place to live, work and play.