The Teazle Wood Trust (Registered charity number 1160532) was founded in 2015 by the Friends of Teazle Wood, who formed in 2011 to campaign to save Teazle Wood, 57 acres of woodland in Leatherhead, Surrey. The campaign was successful, and the Friends raised enough money in donations and loans to purchase the wood in 2012.
Anyone can join( free) – a quarterly newsletter, a website, and social media keep us all informed, and supporters can participate in volunteer conservation days. Please contact us here
We would love to be able to show you that all of Teazle Wood is gorgeous and safe for wildlife, but sadly like so many areas of the UK countryside (and streets!) we suffer from rubbish being dumped, and thoughtless people dropping litter. We have regular litter picks and are very grateful to all the volunteers who tirelessly and regularly tackle the problem and remove the rubbish. What a wonderful day it will be when as a society we have 100% recycling rates, less packaging and an attitude that responsible disposal of rubbish is vital to the health & well-being of our planet. But until that day…
Ecology, community, heritage, partnership and education are key themes, and a huge amount has been achieved in the first few years of stewardship by the Friends. Here is a snap shot of what been happening in the woods …
TEAZLE WOOD the ‘SAFE GLADE PROJECT’
The Teazle Wood Safe Glade Project aims to work with experts and the community to create a safe area close to the schools – a broad ecological resource for educational activity. We have offers of physical help from Surrey Wildlife Trust, Leatherhead Rotary, Lower Mole Project and our own volunteers. Unilever, Wates and Tesco are willing to help practically with specific tasks.
We are delighted that the Safe Glade project is well underway. It has been fully funded by a charitable trust who specialize in ecology and education who were impressed by our bid for funds from the AVIVA Community Challenge 2015, we are very grateful to the trustees of the charity for their support.
Many thanks go to Tesco who ias well as sharing a boundary, the entrance to Teazle Wood is behind their Leatherhead store. In 2015 ome of the staff joined in the Unilever volunteer day and the Tesco Community Trust Charity Award gave us a cheque for £2,139 which will enable us to design, produce and install signage and new litter bins for the entrance.
In November 2015 we had a lively volunteer day with staff from Unilever, overseen by Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Lower Mole Countryside Protection staff.