Green Light Trust http://greenlighttrust.org/
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. http://www.greenlighttrust.org/forest-schools/
Forest for Our Children (Lawshall Community Woodlands)
Golden Wood (home to Green Light Trust) and Crooked Wood are maintained by volunteers from Lawshall. Although Forest for Our Children is one of the many charities under the umbrella of the Green Light Trust, they are responsible for maintaining Lawshall's Community Woodlands. To find out more:
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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.
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."