Lawshall: A village with ancient woods

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Lawshall is a natural haven and home to well-respected environmental groups, including the Green Light Trust.

Having been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding, last year the Trust realised its ambition to acquire part of Frithy Wood, a privately-owned ancient woodland.

VIllage Focus - Lawshall''Pictured: Village Sign

VIllage Focus - Lawshall''Pictured: Village Sign

Earlier this year it received legal title to the 22 acre site, which is of national importance because of the range of species it contains and is afforded statutory protection as a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

The environmental group, founded in 1989, has begun working to restore the woodland to good condition, while helping people in recovery and development programmes.

Working with ‘marginalised people’, those with learning difficulties or health problems, is an area the trust has had much success with since launching in 2010.

Its chief executive Mark Pritchard said working in the natural environment helped to improve the self-confidence and self-worth of such groups.

VIllage Focus - Lawshall''Pictrued: All Saints Primary School

VIllage Focus - Lawshall''Pictrued: All Saints Primary School

“We’re going to see some ground-breaking work and some fantastic results for the people and the woodland over the next few years,” he said.

With the help of the trust, pupils from the village’s All Saints’ CEVC Primary School and grants from the Forestry Commission, in the early 1990s community woodland group Forest For Our Children planted the village’s Golden Wood and Crooked Wood.

They were planned as self-sustaining woodlands and monthly workparties continue to coppice products, including logs and willow, to raise funds to help with their maintenance and management. With confirmed cases of ash dieback disease, Lawshall pupils could be asked to assist with planting again.

But Lawshall’s woodlands aren’t the only things facing troublesome times, The Swan Inn was put up for sale two weeks ago following a brief closure period and the editor of the monthly Round and About Lawshall magazine retired last month, casting doubt over whether the much-respected publication has a future.

A few things you may not know...

Lawshall has three churches – the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph, the Church of England All Saints’ Church and the Evangelical Free Church.

It has a village hall which underwent major refurbishment during 2007-2009, continues to receive two milk bottle deliveries and has a village shop which, according to local history recorder Elizabeth Clarke, ‘sells everything under the sun’.