Wild Wood Group

Events for 2020

  • Cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak Saturday 11th April | Easter Egg Hunt
  • Monday 29th June | AGM at the Wood
  • 30th and 31st August | Gardens Weekend Walks and hopefully Langham Nursery
  • 31st October | Pumpkin Trail
  • 21st November | Autumn work morning

A couple of other fun events are planned. Watch the posts on the home page for more information about any of the events or contact Lorna directly.

The aim of the group is to safeguard the long term future of wood for the generations to come. To this end the FRIENDS OF THE WALSHAM WILD WOOD has been established to facilitate individuals, families and organisations in committing to a regular payment to support the wood.

If you were able to donate, as a Friend of The Walsham Wild  Wood, a set amount regularly by Standing Order, this would help greatly to meet regular running costs.  Become a Friend by donating a minimum of £1 per month. If you can afford more this would be most welcome. Or you might consider that a bequest is more appropriate to your circumstances. 

Whatever you able to afford, your support will be appreciated by the many users of the wood now and in the future and it will take a lot of pressure off of the steering group.

If you would like to donate to the Wild Wood please contact Lorna who woudl be very happy to discuss with you.

Bank and address : NatWest Bury St Edmunds branch

Account number: 87777177

Sort Code: 60-04-16

The account name is Walsham Wild Wood

The Standing Order reference is “Friend”.


Lorna MacKinnon | 01359 259140


Since 2012 the Walsham Wild Wood steering group has leased a field from the Old Town Trust.  The wood is located just behind the allotments.

With help from lots of people in the village and the Open Gardens Weekend, the group has been improving the village environment by organising the planting and the maintenance of this hectare of land, restoring it to woodland by planting only native species (trees or shrubs) which will ultimately create an authentic native wild wood.

It is now becoming established and in a few years’ time it will be a proper wood and a real asset for the community. Lots of people walk through it and of course the school use it as a teaching space through their Forest School programme .

The last of the gaps were filled in the autumn of 2017.  The group carry out regular maintenance and planting work and always welcome new members who wish to be involved in realising the goal of the project.

Walsham-le-Willows Wild Wood Group Logo

The group is made up of people who feel passionately that we all benefit from contact with wild spaces, providing a sense of connection with the countryside, a space to walk and exercise and to experience nature.

These green spaces provide a haven for wildlife and contribute to maintaining the biodiversity of our countryside.

2019

The first Easter Egg Hunt was held on a glorious sunny day and was enjoyed by all the children attending who ran around following the trail leading to the eggs.

Children attending the Midsummer Tea party masde the most of the environment and made some wonderful natural decorations.

Teh Wild Wood were delighted to entertain the WI to an evening walk and talk. There was lots of chat over nibbles and everyone was shown how to do some simple whittling.

Langham Nurseries joined the Wild Wood for Gardens Weekend setting up woodland craft demonstrations and selling their plants and vegetables and walks around the Wood were organised.

The autumn work morning was a success and finalised the sponsored planting programme.

History

2010

Wild Wood group members moving the earth

Walsham-le-Willows Primary School won a Lottery Grant of £4,500 to create a local woodland.  The school also received a grant of £500 from the Walsham Open Gardens Weekend for the same project.

Daniel Moore, a pupil at the school, won the competition to design the logo (at top of page) for the woodland.

In conjunction with the Green Light Trust a steering committee from the local community was set up and the work began.

November 2012

A Royal oak tree

The inaugural planting.  A wonderful group of people turned out and 420 saplings were planted having been donated by the Woodland Trust including an oak sapling from the Sandringham Estate to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  This was planted at the top of the main ride by Luke Sargeant, a pupil at the school.

Since 2012

Regular open mornings have continued for planting and maintenance.  The group meets regularly to discuss and plan what needs to be done next.  The group is grateful to Richard Belson who maintains the Wood in between the organised mornings.  The also benefits from the donation of bark mulch by David Brown.

A Sponsor a Tree Scheme was introduced for a while and this was very successful in involving families and individuals with the wood.

wildwood-picnic
A Wild Wood picnic

The group  have created the Forest School area at the far top corner of the wood for visits from the school. This includes two tarpaulin posts for the school’s tarpaulin for shelter for the pupils.  Marshmallow roasting and poppy sowing mornings are popular events amongst local school children.

2016

The group built an entrance to the wood.  Designed by John Stebbing, it is loosely based on the lychgate to the cemetery.  The oak frame was installed by John, Richard Belson and Alison Martin.  John, Alison and Constance Whitaker carved text on three of the cross beams.  This construction was built with a generous donation from the Clark Bradbury Charitable Trust, together with a donations from the Walsham Open Gardens Weekend and Waitrose.

Dr Alec Russell on the Wild Wood bench
Dr Alec Russell on the Wild Wood bench

The late Dr. Alec Russell was a loyal supporter of the project from its inception and a bench was made and installed at the Wild Wood to celebrate the Queen‘s 90th birthday  and as a tribute to Dr Russell  to recognise his help and support.  The group were delighted to add a plague to the bench in acknowledging Dr Russell’s support for the project.

Walsham Wild Wood is for everyone – if you would like to help do join us!