Friends of Chopwell Wood is a voluntary community organisation and registered charity. We’re an enthusiastic group of people who work hard to promote and enhance Chopwell Wood by organizing events and activities, as well as delivering projects that help protect the woodland.

As our name suggests, we’re a friendly bunch and we’re always pleased to welcome new members or anyone who wants to get involved.


About Chopwell Wood

Chopwell Wood is a beautiful mixed conifer and broadleaf wood, 10 miles south-west of Gateshead and covering almost 900 acres of the Derwent Valley, making it the largest woodland in Tyne and Wear.

Chopwell Wood has a rich industrial history in mining and timber production. It’s now a community woodland with Woodland Park status and is designated as a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). The Wood and has been managed by the Forestry Commission since the 1920s.


If you would like to make a donation in support of the Friends’ work to look after Chopwell Wood, you can do so with Paypal.  Thank you!


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