It was with the most amazing pleasure that we heard towards the end of March 2018 from Matthew Breeze at Norton Peskett solicitors that Blyth Woods had become the owner of the land known as Grove Piece, beside Vicarage Grove.
The original concept for buying the land to create a community woodland started in 2012. Establishing legal ownership was a major task and some on the original Management Committee spend many hours researching the historical background to Grove Piece but even identifying the land by name or location on ancient maps or in ancient texts was problematical. Some documents appeared to identify the land as far back as 1650 and it seems that the land (or part of it) was used to provide an income for the vicar and to provide funds for local charitable causes.
Early negotiations with the Trustees of Wenhaston Town Estate Church Charity, resulted in the Blyth Woods agreeing to take a lease on the land which would run for year to give Blyth Woods the opportunity to raise funds to buy the land.
Blyth Woods sought to raise the necessary funds by applying for grants and donations, running competitions, attending local events to sell home-made charcoal, home-made preserves, flowers, plants, craft items and delicious cakes and biscuits. The creative spirit and ingenuity in seeking out funding sources was hugely successful and resulted in the target being surpassed within the year allotted.
Due to the fact establishing legal title to the land proved difficult, it took the parties involved some time to get to the point of finalisation, however the completion statement was delivered on 28 March 2018. Just in time – right at the end of the first financial year of the charity which was formed in March 2017.
The Spring is now bringing life to all the trees planted in Grove Piece during the lease period. The plantings were made by the children of the village school and by the many volunteers who have supported Blyth Woods in its objectives. The Trustees wish to thank you for championing the cause and providing your muscles, talents and funding when needed. Help us continue to make the growing wood a place for our entire community to use, share and enjoy for decades to come.