The Annual General Meeting of the Lavenham Woodland Project will take place on 12th May, 2010, at 8.00 p.m., in the Angel Hotel, Lavenham.

Agenda items should be sent to
John Knight,
Brook House, Melford Road,
Suffolk CO10 9SE,

by 12th April 2010.

Dye House Field Wood, Lavenham.

Lavenham’s new village hall, facing the world-famous Perpendicular church, echoes in its steel framework the timber frames of the merchants’ houses, which are one of the architectural attractions of the village.

Six hundred years after the oaks which provided those frames were felled, there are significant numbers of English oak being planted in Lavenham’s own Dye House Field Wood. This woodland, open in perpetuity to the public for recreation and enjoyment, will enrich our lives here, just as the village hall will.

The Lavenham Woodland Project Ltd., which owns and manages the wood, is planting this winter and next, and linking into the network of paths which meet near the site. So whatever your interest - 10000 steps a day towards a healthier heart, or a love of wildlife, or the as yet unfulfilled desire to plant a tree – you should go and have a look at what’s on in Lavenham’s own woodland, off the Bury Road, by old the railway bridge.

Any questions or suggestions for development, or offers of help should be addressed to John Knight, Parish Tree Warden, on 01787 247728 or

Notes from Dyehouse Field Wood.  February 2010.

We have been very busy in the woodland since mid November.  We identified a small spring and have developed a small piece of open water, which is already well used by over-wintering birds.  We are managing a nettle area adjacent to it for the Brown Argus butterflies which took up residence there last year, thanks to suitable food supplies.

In the older plantation, we have selectively felled ash and cherry.  We have coppiced hazel with the aim of having bean sticks for the use of gardeners in the village, as well as providing us with posts for hedging work we are undertaking near to the bench.  We have made log stacks as habitat for invertebrates, and as walkers through the woodland will have noted, we have piled brash (the lighter cuttings) around the base of ash trees.  This not only gives that part of the wood a distinctly medieval air, but also protects the boles of the young trees from the depredations of rabbits and muntjac.  In the recent hard weather, they have browsed quite extensively, so our work aims to deter them, as well as providing more accessible browsing.  The evidence is in the way they have stripped sticks piled around the bases of trees.  We expect the felling to improve the growth of the trees remaining, and to change the ecology of that area.

We do appreciate the voluntary work which has gone into this work, from the time and safe expertise of our chainsaw expert, to the 65 man and woman hours which have gone into the woodland since January. 

If you would like to know more, then please contact John Knight, or any other member of the Steering Group.

On the 18th & 19th November 2006 between 10am and midday, we shall be replanting those few trees which failed to survive this summer's drought. We are also putting in place our information boards, and there is always tree care and mulching to be done.
Please come suitably dressed for a field in November: a flask might be a good idea. For tools please bring a spade, a hammer and a heavy duty bag for the mulch, which has been provided again by Suffolk Tree Services.

We would like to see again, all of the 160 Lavenham residents who came in 2005, supporting this latest stage in the development of their woodland, and seeing how much it has developed in 12 months.

The Project received a grant from the Awards for All programme for over £2,000 for the 2005 planting.