The Chelsworth Woodland was purchased by the village in 2002 to be a space in which people can walk, relax and play in safety. It runs to about two acres at the north-west end of the village. Grid Reference: TL 979482
Trees and shrubs were first planted here with a Forestry Commission grant in the early 1980’s and since then many more have been planted to complement the 500-year old pollarded Oak and the 300-year old Ash coppice stool in the mature old north boundary hedge. In 2016, 12 young English elms were planted, cloned from mature elms in Gloucestershire which have survived Dutch Elm disease, as part of the Great British Elm Experiment. An open space in the centre is rich with wild meadow flowers.
The Woodland is owned by Chelsworth Woodland, a company limited by guarantee, and is managed by a Board of Chelsworth residents. Its development has been helped financially by grants from Babergh District Council, the Village Precept and Open Gardens; and maintenance costs are met largely by the monthly Village 100 Club Draw.
The following page of views is a delight to the eyes.
Just click on the Blue arrow top right.