The largest surviving ancient wood lies in the centre of the parish, and belonged to Colvilles manor, whose lord was selling 15 a. of timber there for felling in 1339. Great Colvilles is now Lower Wood and Little Colvilles is Great Covens. Lower Wood is now owned by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

“Anthony Loates showed me my first nightingales nest at Coven Wood.”  Maureen Garrod

Edna Mayfield camped with her Girl Guides in the Glade.














“On my first day as warden, I saw an old man with a stick.  Peter Mayfield loved the wood and sold it to the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust in 1985 at a nominal price because he wanted young people to have access” Duncan McKay

Here’s an article from the Cambridge Weekly News, April 1991, about Peter Mayfield (click on the image to see a larger version that is legible):






An oak tree was planted for the Mayfields’ son Simon after he was killed in a motorbike accident.

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