PEPPARD wood will not be taken over by the parish council.
Members decided against accepting an offer from the Woodland Trust, which owns the 14-acre site, due to a disagreement over conditions in the lease.
The council had agreed to be responsible for the wood subject to agreeing a five-year break clause but the trust said it would only accept a minimum of 10 years.
The lease would have been for 25 years with the maintenance estimated to cost at least £1,300 per year. Councillor Lee Rawlings said: “If we don’t take it on, my impression is they will continue operating as it is.”
Councillor Terry Ryan said: “If we don’t do anything we force their hand and they either find someone else, come back to us or continue as it is.”