The Green Light Trust

Green Light Trust

Green Light Trust is an environmental education registered Charity that works to bring people and nature together. They are based in Lawshall and have been working across the East of England and beyond since 1989. They enable people, communities and organisations to develop themselves and learn about their relationship with nature to create sustainable lives and a future that protects our planet.

  • They offer environmental training opportunities for children, young people and adults, businessess, and local communities.
  • They are passionate about conserving our natural heritage for the future through their innovative Community-owned Wild Space programmes.
  • They have many years' experience n helping companies develop corporate social responsibility initiatives.

One aspect of the training they provide is the Forest Schools programme which trains teachers to base educational opportunities in the woodlands and nature to enable children to learn outdoors and explore their environment.

Forest for Our Children  (Lawshall Community Woodlands)

Facebook 'Lawshall Community Woodlands'

There are two great events coming up at the end of June 2014 in Golden Wood, part of  'Forest For Our Children'

The first is the Summer BBQ where there will of course be a barbecue, beer tent, stalls, games & activities, and of particular interest to the children - a Decorated bicyle competition. Lets see what wonderful & wacky bike embellishments you can come up with, if it's anything like the wheelbarrow competition a couple of years ago it will be a real treat!   Saturday 28th June, Golden Wood, 3.00pm.

The second event is the very next day, Sunday 29th June.

This is the monthly work-party where we'll be making hay and attending to other tasks but the big thing for kids is the Youth Woodland Group.

Last month we learned some Primitive hunting skills,tracking, stealthy movement, camouflage and stalking! This time we're going to be looking at fire-lighting and making natural cordage (string). We meet at The Foundry in Lawshall at 9.30 and finish at 12.30. 

Forest for Our Children is the name of the original Lawshall community wildspace project set up by GLT.

GLT is the landowner for Golden Wood and Crooked Wood and has set out that these should be used in perpetuity (ie forever) for the use and benefit of the community and future generations.

The development and manangement of Golden Wood and Crooked Wood is delegated and entrusted to Forest for Our Children - local volunteers.  The Forest for Our Children Steering Group, supported by advice from the Silviculture Group oversees and manages the woodlands, work parties, and other activities. The woodlands are a resource for the whole community managed by volunteers from the community - anyone can get involved.

One aspect of FOC has been a joint project with Lawshall School known as the Seed to Tree programme whereby children have grown saplings from seed, planted them in Golden Wood and learned about aspects of nature and woodlands through this engagement.

There are strong links with the people of the rain forest in the Hunstein Range in Papua New Guinea, which originally sparked the whole project, through exchange visis and communications.


Hanningfield GreenHanningfield Green

This is designated a County Wildife Site by the Suffolk County Wildlife Trust because of the range of native flora that grows there. The Green is cut only when the flora have developed, flowered and seeded.

Frithy Wood

This wood is situated at the rear of All Saints Primary School. The site contains ancient, semi-natural woodland. It includes examples of Ash, Hazel, Oak, Aspen, Wild Cherry, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Elm, Holly etc.

The wood also has a diverse woodland floor vegetation including a variety of plants characteristic of woodlands of this type.

The birdlife of Frithy Wood has been recorded in some detail. Nightingales, Green, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker are amongst the species that have bred regularly.

There is documentary evidence for the existence of Frithy Wood back to 1545 and its Saxon name would imply that the wood is much older than that.

The name "Frithy" according to The History of the Countryside -Oliver Rackham (P97)
"A word now called The Frith is almost certain to be pre-conquest, from Old English Fyrhp."
Trees & Woodland in the British Landscape - Oliver Rackham (p108)
"An Anglo-Saxon (parallel) is fyrth, a wood, which has given rise to many Frith or Frithy Woods."