Chopwell is a mixed conifer and broadleaf wood covering almost 900 acres of the Derwent Valley, making it the largest woodland in Tyne and Wear – so there’s always plenty to do!  The Friends put a lot of effort into keeping it spick and span.  Our Wednesday Volunteers work in partnership with the Forestry Commission to keep on top of woodland maintenance throughout the year.  Our work includes:

  • Footpath repairs – including the newly surfaced path into the Wood for WoodFest
  • Improvements to drainage
  • Litter clearance

There is always plenty to do so if you’d like to get involved and help out please drop us a line at