Dyehouse Field Wood – Lavenham’s woodland.

Winter is a good time to walk in woodland: you can see structure and walk in places which are less accessible in summer.

We have discussed ways of improving habitats for wildlife as various new species are beginning to populate the wooded and scrub areas.  We are working on winter management at the moment, cutting back and raking nettles, and piling fallen wood into heaps for invertebrates.  One of our discoveries is the quite rare, (or perhaps, little observed) brown argus butterfly in an open area of the site, and so are working to develop its preferred habitat.

We have opened a small area of water and there has been an increase in the numbers of birds using that part of the site.

The fact that there are raptors which nest on the site or near to it indicates the presence of food for them – voles and field mice and various insects.  It is very pleasing to see how what was a field is becoming a bit wilder.  The seat is a good spot from which to see overflying buzzards, and to have a new perspective on the church. 

At the top of the site, we will be extending the hedge near to the seat, so if you would like to plant some trees with us, please contact me.

John Knight.


Our Mission Statement:
"To establish and secure the future of a woodland that will bring pleasure and benefit to all who share it"

Working Parties
Working parties meet on Saturday afternoons to work in the woodland at tasks appropriate to the time season, to ensure the woodland develops. We welcome all volunteers and will provide training and guidance as necessary.

While our woodland will be predominantly oak and ash, as are most of the ancient woodlands in Suffolk, we have planted a large variety of other native species.

We do need people to be involved in the project: that way it belongs to them.
Please join us, as and when you can.

Schools Program
We have a close personal links with Lavenham Voluntary Controlled PrimarySchool. Each class visits the site at different seasons with school staff and LWP helpers. They go to have fun, and to use the woodland in the classroom, meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Chairman’s Annual Report 2008 Click Here