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Moved from a patch of woodland near mediaeval ploughed fields to a strip of trees beside the same fields on 19th June 2017. Still in Coton Countryside Reserve.
One of a series of three caches (Coton Past, Coton Present, Coton Future) at Coton Countryside Reserve. The land is owned by Cambridge Past Present and Future (formerly Cambridge Preservation Society), which also owns Wandlebury Country Park, home of Wandlebury Past, Wandlebury Present and Wandlebury Future caches.
Coton Countryside Reserve webpage: (visit link) Placed in consultation with CPPF rangers.
The reserve is easy to reach on foot or bike from West Cambridge site.
Free car parking at Martin Car Park at N52o12.022 E000o04.022. Car Park opening hours: January 0900 – 1530; February 0900 – 1630; March – October 0900 – 1800; November 0900 – 1600; December 0900 – 1530. Gates are locked at closing time and if your vehicle is inside, it might not be released until next morning.
Alternatively, park in Coton village.
Please do not park in gateways.
Coton Past is situated in a strip of woodland, overlooking a field showing evidence of Mediaeval ridge and furrow ploughing. Cache was originally placed in a copse (patch of woodland) which was used for shelter for centuries by domesticated animals, including plough horses on their lunch breaks, resulting in plenty of nitrogen in the soil to promote nettle growth. A barbed wire topped fence was installed in late spring 2017, making it impossible to reach original cache site. New site still has some nettles, but fewer than original site. No nettles during winter, though. Please ensure you camoflage box with sticks.
Adjacent to concrete cycle track / footpath - you can lock bikes to fence at gate.
Free guide leaflets with map are usually available from rack in covered noticeboards, one at northern end of spine route (concrete track for bikes etc) and the other in Martin Car Park - will be helpful if you continue into reserve to find others in Coton Past, Present & Future series.
Cache is a 650ml plastic box.
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