Suffolk County Council has officially handed over Haughley Picnic site to the village’s parish council.
The site is one of the few remaining Suffolk sites to be transferred to communities and parish councils during a two year programme.
The parish council has agreed to place restrictions on the renamed Gallowsfield Wood site, to safeguard it’s use as a country park for the community.
Alan Shaw, Chairman of Haughley Parish Council said: “Sites like this matter.
“In our developed society, everything is either built on or farmed.
“This is a 20 acre patch of wooded peace, nature and tranquillity that in half a century or so will be truly stunning.
“We know it’s been there for 30 years, but taking ownership on behalf of the parish somehow brings it closer to us.”
The 7.92 hectare picnic site was created as an arboretum in 1987.
The area as recently undergone a woodland improvement project to thin out the wood, creating a lighter area with more room for trees to grow.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and property management said: “We are absolutely delighted that district councils, parish councils, community groups and private individuals haver worked with us to ensure that these hugely important community assets are protected for local people and visitors to our county.
“The transferral of these sites into the hands of the community shows what can be achieved by strong minded local people and I would like to thank these people for their hard work and dedication over the past 18 months.”