Friends of Chopwell Wood
We are a voluntary community organisation and a registered charity. Our group is a mix of enthusiastic people, from near and far, who care about and enjoy visiting Chopwell Wood, and are committed to protecting and enhancing the Wood. You can read more about the group set up and the things we do on the other pages within this site. If you have not been to Chopwell Wood before then directions to the location are on the ‘How to Find Us’ page.
You can find out more about Chopwell Wood and the Friends on the new Facebook site “Friends of Chopwell Wood”.
Our “Citizen Science” project is shortlisted for voting at selected Tesco’s stores until end December. The project will involve families finding out how to do surveys of birds/bugs/trees in the wood and learning how to create wildlife habitats. We need your votes to get the funding for this – thank you. List of participating stores –
ROWLANDS GILL METRO
SILKSWRTH RD SUND EXP
BERWICK UPON TWEED
STHSHLD PRN ED RD EXP
WESTOE CROWN VILL EXP
GATESHEAD HILL RD EXP
SUNDERLAND RT P EXTRA
GATESHEAD TRNTY EXTRA
Find out more at – www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
Want to help out in the woodland – volunteers can find further information on the Facebook page – “Chopwell Wood volunteers”
Badgers are a protected species and anyone found guilty of harming them or their habitats could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and face an unlimited fine.
The Oak Leaf sculpture was removed from the woodland in mid September. After 16 years it was rotting in places and a safety inspection found it was becoming unsafe. We will be commissioning new sculptures for the woodland in 2017/18.
Please note that there is now a 20 mph speed limit on the access road in Chopwell Wood.
MAIN CAR PARK – High-sided vehicles and horseboxes should turn immediately left when entering the car park and then follow the loop road right. Park in the rear bay furthest away from the overhead power cables, park in such a way that you can then continue on to drive out without having to reverse. This will improve safety for all. Drivers of other vehicles can help by not using this special bay, but can park in any of the other bays. Thank you.
Chopwell Wood is classified as PAWS – Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site