About Stoney Wood
Stoney Wood is Wirksworth's Millennium woodland planted in the area recovered from Stonecroft Quarry. The land on which the wood is planted was donated by Tarmac Ltd to Wirksworth Town Council. The original planting was started by Tarmac but later sections were planted by local adults and children in a project inspired by the Foret Giorno woodland near Wirksworth's twin town of Die in France. In recent years further improvements have taken place and the wood is a regular location for events in the town.
Caring for Stoney Wood
Stoney Wood is looked after by the Stoney Wood Group, a team of volunteers, on behalf Wirksworth Town Council. For more information about the group and how to get involved please visit the Stoney Wood Group's pages on facebook. A copy of the agreement between the Town Council and Stoney Wood Group can be found here.
The Background to the project
The idea for the project goes back to a visit made to Wirksworth's French twin town of Die in 1994. in a village near to Die; visitors from Wirksworth were shown round the 'Foret Giono' where much of the tree planting had been done by local children. The project had been inspired by the writer Jean Giono's story of a solitary shepherd who replanted mountainsides with trees. The book – 'The Man Who Planted Trees' had inspired the wood in France and this project in turn gave impetus to the project to reclaim the quarry-tip in Wirksworth.
Things to do
Take a walk around and enjoy views over the rooftops of Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley.
See artwork by local artists, amongst native trees and wild flowers.
Picnic with family and friends.
Visit the Community Orchard.