Norfolk Woodland | Pigney's Wood | North Walsham | Knapton

Pigneys Wood

owned & managed by

North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust

Company Registered in England No 2641361
Registered as a Charity No 1011541
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Awards & Grants

Big Lottery Awards For All Fund - 2011

TheTrustee/Directors of the North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust are pleased to announce that Pigneys Wood has been awarded a Grant of 7,500 by the Big Lottery Awards For All Fund to reinstate the wetland areas of the wood described as under.


'Pigneys Wood Wetlands Restoration Project'


This work, which has now started and is expected to be complete by the end of December, is being funded by the Awards for All Fund of the Big Lottery and is endorsed by the RSPB


The restoration will re-establish the reedbeds, the remnants of which can still be seen today, to the condition they were in many years ago, and thus increase the area of reeds to approximately 2 hectares.


Land levels will be lowered within the beds so that they will hold standing water, hopefully all year round, and the spoil from the excavated beds will then be used to raise footpaths and walkways..


When the work is finished, the new footpaths around this area will remain dry throughout the year, with better views from above the reedbeds of an increased diversity of wildlife


Users of the wood will be kept fully informed of progress through the Notice Board, and the website.

Please click here for map showing the area, marked in green, where the work will take place. Whilst work is in progress, and for reasons of safety, our most northerly footbridge will be impassable for short periods during the day and walkers are asked to use the alternative footpath marked in yellow. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


CS Lottery Grant - Rejuvenation Project - 2009/2010

Following receipt of Lottery Funding of 47,350 we are pleased to report that all project related work is now complete.

Completed works include:


1.     The track from the car park, in Hall Lane, to the barn.


2.     The widening of the easy access footpaths from the car park to the 'Old Oak' including the short spur to the west.


3.     The new 'scrape' for wading and migratory birds.


4.     The bund (Kingfisher Bank) to protect wildlife using the 'new scrape'.


5.     The re-vamping of the picnic area including provision of an agricultural 'hard standing' for heavy vehicles.


6.     The provision of 'single pole' barriers to prevent unauthorised vehicles proceeding beyond the car park, through the picnic area, to the barn.


7.     The installation of two 20' shipping containers for the storage of tools and a tractor.


8.     The installation of a new notice board.


9.     The painting and the 'fitting out' of the containers.


10.   The 'sculpting' of the bund to provide a vertical face to attract nesting Kingfishers.


11.   The installation of a gate at the end of the bund to provide some security for wildlife using the new 'scrape' including ground nesting birds, from free running dogs.


12.   The marking of the three signposted walks, and


13.   The installation of the 'dipping platform'.


As will be appreciated the project has involved a considerable amount of work and effort in administration and organisation to say nothing of the physical demands of implementing the various works involved and it has to be remembered that this is in addition to the normal maintenance operations that are routinely carried out. For this we must give thanks to our contractors, volunteers and Trustee/Directors, all of whom have worked hard to achieve the desired result in the provision of a valuable community asset which all members of the public can enjoy. See images of works, whilst in progress, below.



Photo Gallery

Click on the thumbnail photos below to view full size images.

  • Some of the Equipment Involved for major Groundworks - JCB 360
  • Some of the Equipment Involved for Footpaths - Mini Digger
  • Proposed New Developments
  • New Track Under Construction - Vehicle Stand and Turning Circle close to Old Barn
  • New Track Under Construction - Looking towards the Old Barn
  • New Scrape - Note Safety Island in Centre
  • New Scrape
  • Installation of Notice Board - Nearly Complete
  • Installation of Notice Board - Hard Ground - Hard Work
  • Easy Access Footpaths - Widening
  • Easy Access Footpaths - Widening
  • Dipping Platform - Pigneys Wood - June 2011
  • Creation of Hardstanding and New Picnic area adjacent to Car Park
  • Creating the Bund (Kingfisher Bank) with Spoil from New Scrape
  • Arrival and Installation of Storage Containers