…. walk was somewhat spoiled on discovering that the earth closet had been vandalized – OK maybe it wasn’t as bad as it could have been but none the less dispiriting.


So, the closet will have to be closed until such time as volunteer committee members get round to cleaning up and restoring it to use.

In the meantime, Happy Christmas to all users of our great woodland.


…….. were going to plant 120 trees, but in the end we planted 420! That was all in the space of two hours. What an achievement! A huge thank you to everybody who turned up and worked so hard.




Without doubt the most serious issue facing our planet is that of climate change and global warming. As individuals here isn’t a great deal that we can do about it, however planting trees, which catch carbon from the atmosphere, is open to all of us, and can make a useful contribution to solving the problem. The Gallowsfield Management Committee has sourced 150 young trees for planting this Autumn – thanks to the Woodland Trust. Can you help to plant them? This is a task that children could easily be involved in – indeed every child who plants a tree can have a label attached and watch it grow over many years. There are of course other jobs to be done at this time of the year. So,




10.00 – 12.00

Help if you can!

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We Need Your Help!

Could you spare a couple of hours to help in the woods?  Among other things we need to open up the perimeter footpath – the one near to the Travelodge. Come along if you can on Saturday April 27th @ 10.00am and bring loppers, secateurs, gloves and enthusiasm! Children welcome. Coffee and tea mid morning.

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Over the past month or so Mark Pollintine has been building an earth closet for the convenience of visitors to our woodland. The good news is that it is now finished and ready for use.


Visitors will need to learn how to use it! This is an earth closet and not a water closet – so EC not WC. This system has been used for centuries and if used properly there are no health or pollution problems – it works on the principle of friendly bacteria breaking down waste.

This project was funded by MSDC and supported by our Mid Suffolk Councillor, Rachel Eburn, who made funds available through her locality budget. The provision of an on-site toilet will be particularly welcome to organizers of events in the woodland, who previously had to import portaloos.

Rachel has agreed to perform the grand opening ceremony at 11.00 am on Sunday March 17th, so you are welcome to come along, maybe use the facility and have a chat to other woodland visitors.