Frithy Wood Funders & Partners Day

It isn’t usual to find yourself building a ladder from scratch when visiting the Green Light Trust (GLT), however, this was one of the tasks given to invited partners and funders of Frithy Wood, Lawshall on Friday July 31st.

Frithy Wood was purchased with funding from Heritage Lottery (HLF) in 2013 and is managed by GLT staff and utilised by well-being programme participants.

There was a wonderful turn out from funder’s and Partners of GLT and Frithy Wood, including Nick Collison of Suffolk County Council, Karen Chancellor grants officer from Heritage Lottery Fund and GLT Patron Mark Pendlington to name a few.

Green Light Trust CEO Ashley Seaborne explained how, “Having the HLF funding has given the charity confidence to better define it’s charitable objectives with the Charity Commission; and strengthen its board of trustees in areas of skills needed to achieve these objectives. “

GLT’s Woodland & Environmental Education Manager, Tom Brown the explained how the project had come about and what had been achieved.“The whole idea of Green Light Trust purchasing over half of Frithy Wood, 21 acres, came about by a suggestion made by Lawshall resident, Grenville Clarke”.

“Part of the purchase plan was to engage with communities of interest, people needing support to recover from a range of health related issues, in Frithy’s management programme, with seven woodland programmes being piloted which has resulted in 431 participants from socially disadvantaged groups, 230 volunteers worked in the woodland, 353 participants from schools groups. (531)

“With further sponsored funding and volunteer time we made our target. The value added outcomes from this meant we were able to develop eleven programmes instead of just seven” he said.

The guests were split into two groups and given a tour around the wood, then working as a team given the task to build a ladder from green wood which produced much hilarity.  This was followed by a camp fire lunch and refreshments.

Rustic Furniture Makers Course - Anyone interested in making rustic furniture could take part in a 2 day course being held in Frithy Wood on the 3rd & 4th October. You will be able to come away with your very own handmade rustic chair and have a pleasant day in the ancient woodland. For more information tel 01284 830 829.


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