CORONAVIRUS CRISIS UPDATE – POLICE INSTRUCTION – CAR PARKS CLOSED IN CHOPWELL WOOD.  PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE WOODLAND.

Coronavirus Statement 17/3/20

In light of the most recent Government advice, the Friends of Chopwell Wood will not be organising any public meetings, volunteering or events from today until further notice. Sadly, this will mean the cancellation of all upcoming events. The health and safety of all of our volunteers and participants is our primary responsibility and an essential part of being a registered charity.

However, Chopwell Wood remains open for access and provides us all with an ideal place to enjoy fresh air and exercise throughout the difficult period ahead. Let’s think of the positive side of this unprecedented crisis that we are facing.

We hope that everyone remains safe and well.

Trustees of FoCW

Chopwell Wood is used by more than 200,000 people every year. We welcome everyone who wants to enjoy the Wood: walkers, runners, dog walkers, horse riders, LARPERS*, orienteers, cyclists…and everyone else.

Part of the Friends’ work is to encourage sensitive recreational use and consideration between all the users of the Wood. A lot of work goes, voluntarily, into keeping the woodland a beautiful and harmonious place. Help us to make sure Chopwell Wood continues to support such a diverse range of users and activities by following a few simple rules.

 This is all we ask of you
  • Take your litter and dog poo bags home, or to the nearest bin outside the woodland.
  • Give way to walkers on shared paths (the Powerline Cycle Trail is the only dedicated bike trail).
  • Ride your bike or horse with consideration for other people.
  • Observe all signs during timber felling operations.
  • Don’t build any structures, or do anything else which impacts on the Wood.
  • Help protect wildlife habitats – don’t pick wildflowers or damage trees.
  • Don’t light fires.
  • Don’t take motor vehicles off road.
  • Don’t camp or stay in the Wood overnight.
  • Keep dogs under control, especially around other Wood users such as horse riders.
  • Keep dogs on a lead in the residential areas of the Wood.
  • Keep dogs out of ponds and avoid disturbing wildlife.

Dog waste bins are not provided in the Wood as there is no one to empty them. Please be a responsible dog owner and don’t let your dog’s mess inconvenience other Wood users.

  • In the area near the car park bag all dog waste and take it home with you.
  • Deeper in the wood use a stick and flick any mess off paths.
  • Please don’t leave bagged dog waste in the Wood – this is the most complained about issue from visitors.
*Live Action Role Players