Art in the Wood
Ask our regular visitors what they love most about Chopwell Wood and you can be fairly sure the sculptures will get a mention.
One of the most iconic is The Hands by David Gross. These are actually The ‘New’ Hands because they replaced the first ever sculpture in the Wood, carved from poplar, which had become rotten after 12 years in situ. So, in 2006 David recreated The Hands in oak, making one of the outstanding landmarks in Chopwell Wood and a popular photo-opportunity for visitors.
3 Woods Project – the Friends are involved with this long term art project in which two Canadian artists are looking at three different woodland areas in Arctic Norway, south west Germany, and Chopwell Wood. The artists want to hear from local people about their experience of being in the Wood. Find out more at https://www.3-woods.com/participate
As part of this project a short video has been made of a walk in the woodland. You can view this at
Heritage in the Wood
The Friends are involved in researching the Wood’s history and heritage and bringing it to life. Chopwell has a rich industrial history in mining and timber production. It is now a community woodland with Woodland Park status and is designated as a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). Chopwell Wood has been managed by the Forestry Commission (now Forestry England) since 1919.
Our book ‘Chopwell Wood – Past & Present’ is available to members for just £1 (£2 to non-members) plus £1 P&P. If you would like to order a copy then please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can now also buy the book from the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, at Winlaton Mill.
Along with Groundwork North East and the Forestry England we have researched the story of the North East’s Lumber Jills. To find out more about the role of these amazing women in Chopwell Wood during the war, visit http://lumberjills.org. If you’d like a copy of our Lumber Jills history booklet please get in touch with us.
Heritage Sites – 1 to 16 – Map shown below (sorry, this map is in need of update).