'Working for the conservation and preservation of Thorpe's woodlands as a haven for wildlife and a green space for the local community'.

Statements of Support for Thorpe Woods

Many respected bodies have stepped forward to support Thorpe Woods and the need to conserve them in their entirety as a greenspace which must not be lost to unwanted development.

Below you will find messages of support from bodies such as Natural England, The Woodland Trust, CPRE, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Norwich Society.

In addition politicians including some of our local councillors and our local MP have spoken out in favour of the preservation of the woods.

Councillors say NO to proposals to build on Thorpe Woods

Broadland Councillors Ian Mackie, Nigel Shaw and John Fisher have campaigned alongside the Friends for the protection of the woods.

In 2010 they took part on the march through the woods together with over 100 local people.

and only this month they stated again that they would be campaigning to keep the woods safe from development.

Local MP Chloe Smith writes in support of Thorpe Woods

In the summer of 2010 she wrote offering the campaign her support.

Campaign to Protect of Rural England urges the preservation of Thorpe Woods as a greenspace.

Recently the campaign received a further boost when it received the a strong statement of support from the CPRE. Their statement pointed out that:

" These areas of woodland are registered as County Wildlife Sites..... The new National Planning Policy Framework states that local plans should allocate land with the least environmental or amenity value and that planning permission should be refused for development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats....... It is clear that Thorpe Woods is an area of high environmental value, and amenity value to local communities and should be protected for future generations".

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust - a longstanding supporter of Thorpe Woods

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has been one of Thorpe Woods longest standing supporters.

They designated the whole of Thorpe Woods as a County Wildlife Site in recognition of their ecological value.

The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust has spoken out in support of the Friends campaign.

"The Trust supports the Friends of Thorpe Woodlands and their campaign to protect the woods and tree at Racecourse Plantation, Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk".


  1. How absolutely disgusting to destroy this wonderful natural woodland area in order to build another dreadful housing estate such as Dussindale. WhenI first came to live in the lovely suberb of Thorpe Saint Andrew, where
    Dussindale has now been thrown up we had wonderful grassland areas housing nothing more than cow herds etc. Now are we just aiming to become part of Norwich centre, just for the sake of another housing estates similar to The Heartsease Estate!!!

  2. My grandparents lived in Thorpe St Andrew and although I haven't been back to the area in the years after they both died, I just wanted to say how terribly sad it made me to read about this. My brother and I and our other family members, spent hours and hours playing in this woodland. What a horrible shame these childhood memories will be taken away from future children. The wildlife and plant life were a joy and the tree's were a backdrop to our imaginations and were everything from Narnia, fairyland, jungle or worlds of our own making. I hope you guys are able to score a hit against the development and save this lovely place?