Viking Forest Project




Golden Wood and wildflower meadow ... For our children's, children's, children

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Film Night

“A Night at the Cinema in 1914”.

With a glass of wine and supper, tickets are £8.50  

Saturday 7th Feb. at 7.30pm at Shotley Village Hall

Hoping to see you there.

Please contact Ian Peters - 01473 787460

Cutting and Raking 2014- 2014

The first round of dates for cutting and raking down in Golden Wood.

The season has been wonderful for plant growth and good numbers of special plants have been noted this year, due to the unstinting efforts of our volunteers. Southern marsh orchid and Common spotted orchid were noted for the first time this year and indicates that our work is really paying dividends. Other plants which have prospered include Snakes-head Fritillary (introduced by us and planted out by youngsters from the primary school, Field Scabious, Black Knapweed and Greater Knapweed. Anyone who visited during early spring would have seen huge numbers of Primrose and Cowslip. A welcome sight which makes all our efforts well worthwhile and shows that we can all make a difference.

For those who may be new on our list, Golden Wood and wildflower meadow is located behind Orwell View, Shotley. Best to park in the Village Hall car park, walk into Orwell View opposite, take a left into Garden Close and the footpath to the site is next to the garages on the right.

The dates so far are:

Sunday 25th January

As usual we meet at 10am - staying for as long (or short) as you like.

Please contact Ian Peters (Tel. 01473 787460) for dates and further details.


 To see images of the last cutting and raking please click on our photo gallery.

Do bring friends, relatives and any stray passer-by. A sausage in a bun could be well earned

Golden Wood consists of approximately two acres of agricultural land which was purchased in 2004 from local landowners and supporters, Richard and Hazel Wrinch. This land will be held in perpetuity as woodland and wildflower meadow by the local community.

On the left hand side of Golden Wood as you look north, you will see the graceful curve of over 1300 native hedging plants comprising - hawthorn, blackthorn, myrobalan plum, dog rose, field maple, dogwood, hazel and holly, with crab apple at intervals. These were planted in the spring of 2004 and were funded by Suffolk Coast and Heaths project. In time it will provide food, shelter and good habitat for many nesting birds while the open rides following the footpath will favour many species of insects including butterflies and dragonflies.
The older children in Shotley primary school planted over twenty trees, including small-leaved lime, alder, oak and hornbeam and in the spring of 2005 a further three hundred trees were planted. Most of the oaks have been grown on from acorns gathered from local, veteran trees.
Over sixty species of wildflower can be seen throughout the season with good numbers of primroses during the spring.

here is a single cut of the vegetation once the wildflowers have set their seed and this is raked away to reduce the fertility of the land. This will promote many species of wildflowers which are less able to withstand nutritious soil and more competitive plants which thrive under those conditions.


About Viking Forest Project

Viking Forest Project was born out of several meetings with the Green Light Trust, an environmental charity that works locally in schools and communities.  
Their People Planting Team is made up of environmentalists, trainers and performers and draws on over ten years experience and expertise developed with Forests for Our Children, Green Light's own successful project in Suffolk - and its nationwide schools programme for The Woodland Trust.
What's in a Name?
The name, Viking Forest Project, comes from the logo used by Shotley Primary School depicting a Viking Longboat and was chosen by the Steering Group from a selection of names offered by our local children.  

We are growing our own woodland and wildflower meadow and our aim is to be part of a nationwide patchwork of enriched landscapes and neighbourhoods.

We will focus on
  • Children: inspiring children and young people through active and creative participation
  • Community: developing community spirit through full and long-term involvement
  • Wildlife: planting only native and naturalised trees to provide rich havens for wildlife
  • Global Kinship: fostering environmental links with communities of different cultures
We are kindly supported by
  • Babergh District Council
  • Shotley Parish Council
  • Suffolk Coast and Heaths Project
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Suffolk Environmental Trust
  • Local groups and individual sponsorship

If coming by car, please park at the Village Hall and walk through Orwell View Road. The footpath to the site runs between Orwell View Road and Garden Close and down through the field.

Warning - the surface of the bridge at Golden Wood is now so smooth that any rain or dew on it makes the surface VERY slippery. Please hold on tight when crossing. Thanks to the local resident who alerted us to this hazard.

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