Airport staff lend a hand improving Frog’s Copse


Airport staff lend a hand improving Frog’s Copse

Four volunteers from Southampton Airport joined members of Townhill Park-based community group SO18 Big Local yesterday (Monday, November 18) to improve popular local woodland at Frog’s Copse.

The airport staff made the best of the beautiful autumn weather as they joined the SO18 Big Local team to coppice hazel in the copse, supervised by Southampton City Council’s Parks Department.

Coppicing reinvigorates the woodland and encourages indigenous plants such as bluebells to thrive.

The volunteers removed litter including abandoned shopping trolleys and will return in the new year to clear brambles.

Anna Wyse, environment manager for the airport, said: “Supporting our local community is hugely important to us and we see it as a vital part of our duty as good neighbors. Helping manage the woodland and leaving it tidy and safe for locals to enjoy is such an enjoyable thing to do – we are already looking forward to next time.” 

SO18 Big Local is a project that covers parts of Harefield, Midanbury and Townhill Park in Southampton. These neighborhoods together were awarded £1m from the Big Lottery Fund to make a lasting positive difference to the area over ten years. The project is resident-led and is driven by the needs and requests of residents in these areas. 

New volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to help, please get in touch with Barbara Hancock on