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 Forestry England to keep on top of woodland maintenance throughout the year.  Our work includes:

  • Footpath/trail repairs
  • Installing seats and signage
  • Improvements to drainage
  • Litter clearance
  • Upkeep of the Education Nature Trail
  • Preparation work for a wildlife habitat orchard

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

Alternatively, volunteers are invited to attend on any Wednesday, and you need to register between 9 and 10 am at the Volunteer room.  Follow RVP1 signs after passing the main car park in the woodland.  Bring a packed lunch if staying all day – tea and coffee are provided.