A History of STOKE GIFFORD & Nearby Parishes
Edited by Adrian Kerton
Bradley Stoke Savages Wood
Photos supplied by David Baker
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Savages Wood – David Baker
Savages Wood may be on the site of the ancient forest that covered Britain after the last Ice Age. A haven for plants and wildlife, it was maintained for many years by farmer Howard Davis for enjoyment by local people. During World War 2 a decoy airfield with cardboard aeroplanes was constructed west of the wood. New trees planted north of the wood compensate for those felled to create Bradley Stoke Way. Two ponds have been created as a habitat for protected newts. Savages wood is the youngest of the three nature reserve wood. Initially built for coppicing it was later preserved by the owner ( Mr. Davis of little stoke farm) as a nature reserve.