Public asked for ideas for the future of a Norwich wood

Volunteers asking walkers their views on Train Wood, Norwich and encouraging them to explore the are

Volunteers asking walkers their views on Train Wood, Norwich and encouraging them to explore the area next to the river wensum, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Ideas have been mooted for the future of a Norwich wood, which was saved by a community group.

Members of the public joined Friends of Train Wood and Marriott's Way at an open event to ponder how to utilise the wood in the next few years.

The majority of the 30 people who came to the event also took part in a special trail around the wood, complete with questions and prizes.

Winners of the prize, a Christmas hamper, were drawn by Beryl Blower, the Sheriff of Norwich.

Lucy Galvin, a member of the friends' committee, said: 'It was a brilliant day and we even had some donations which we're very grateful for.'

The city centre wood was put up for sale by Norfolk County Council two years ago, but the group was formed to protect its future, successfully doing so a year later.

It aims to provide a wood for the people of Norwich and is looking at ways forward for how to use the natural corridor.

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Ms Galvin said: 'Some exciting ideas were suggested.

'Improving the signage, holding festivals, and having a café space were some of the ideas put forward. It was very positive.

'It's an amazing bit of woodland and we really want to stress that it belongs to the people of Norwich.'

She said the ideas would now be discussed by the management committee.

Marriott's Way is part of the National Cycle Network and is on the Hull to Harwich cycle route.

Friends of Train Wood are

holding one of their regular litter picks on Saturday from 10am to noon in the wood. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and equipment will be provided. Meet at the Barn Road roundabout entrance to Marriott's Way.

For more information on the

wood and the group, call 01603 47743.

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