About Us

We are a small group of volunteers who have come together as a ‘Friends Group’ to assist with nature conservation in Northaw Great Wood. We meet on the first Sunday in each month, 9.30am to 1.00pm, to carry out practical work in the Wood, including tree planting and clearance, improving public access, wildlife surveys, monitoring nest-boxes and other tasks to assist the Management Plan for the Wood. We also meet each Friday morning, 9.30am to 1.00pm. We assist the Council’s Ranger as required and occasionally assist the Countryside Management Service when they carry out work in the Wood.

The scope of our activities embraces:

  • Nature Conservation
  • Habitat Management
  • Wildlife Surveys
  • Footpath and Access Maintenance
  • Community Relations

Although we are very informal, we have formed ourselves into an association, ‘The Friends of Northaw Great Wood’, so that we might be able to create funds to aid this work.  We also meet socially every 2 months.


Since we were set up, we have accomplished many improvements in the Wood, including:

  • Way-mark posts and signage improved
  • Paths widened
  • Coloured trails re-routed
  • Glades restored
  • Pond restored
  • Guided walks arranged
  • Non-native Rhododendron reduced
  • Oak saplings planted
  • Wildlife and vegetation surveys carried out
  • Surplus wood sold for fire logs
  • Memorial benches built
  • New benches and picnic tables assembled and installed

Above, Pond before restoration and below, after.

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