Green Light Trust first started its Community-owned WildSpace programme more than 25 years ago, inspired by the co-founders’ (of GLT) trip to Papua New Guinea where a chief in one of the villages of the Hunstein Range asked: “What are the trees like where you come from?”
This started the process, with the simple idea that we should grow our own woodland for wildlife and recreation.
The very first Community WildSpace was created in Lawshall which is maintained by members of the local steering group who attend regular morning activity sessions together with volunteers to help look after this woodland; planting more than 11,000 trees and shrubs throughout the years in approximately 22 acres of woodland, mostly adjacent to Green Light Trust headquarters The Foundry, with another small area of woodland in the village of Lawshall at Crooked Wood.
Encouraged by supporters who thought this original idea could be beneficial to other communities, Green Light Trust has helped many groups throughout East Anglia and further afield to create their own projects. There are hundreds of supporters and thousands of children and adults, who have helped to plant and maintain their woodlands or wild spaces since then.
Green Light Trust is proud to announce its 61st Community-owned WildSpace project – The Friends of Parklands Wood, at Ufford – which on December 10, 2014, formally agreed to start a new group in the village to look after their woods. They have taken on the management of Parklands Wood which the parish council has purchased from Suffolk Coastal District Council.
Green Light Trust will help to support the group during the setting-up period of the project. Some members of the steering group have already visited Lawshall to see how the trust is managing its woods here, using traditional management skills.
The group is now planning to hold a woodland open day in March when the local people will be invited to put forward their ideas on how the wood will be managed and developed. These ideas will be brought together to form a management plan for the woodland which the group will then deliver.