Environment and Conservation

Old Newton Community Environment Group

The Group is an formal one , set up in 2014 to provide overall support and management of ONCE, ONEG and OnWoods.

 The Group is currently meeting on an approximately 6 week basis, usually in the Church Institue, Church Road Old Newton.

Chair: Martin Stearman, Sec Acting Libby Brooks


The Group is an informal one made up of interested and concerned people  who generally come together when the are particularlly pressing is  or existing projects to progress.

Currently we are:-

1) We are participating in the newly set up Stowmarket Transition Towns group, see the Facebook page at:-


2) Continuing to work with th Village Primary School on developing their Environmental Garden. A Lottery Grant was secured  with ONEGs assistancefor £10,000, and the EnvironmentalGarden constructed by the Suffolk Education Department. We are working at present on a mantence programme and finding ways to envolve the School and other Village groups in looking after the garden

3) Continuing to litter pick around the Village, on behalf on the Parish Council

4) ONEG recently worked with OnWoods and others to produce "The Wood That Talks" ONEG funded the publication of the little book.

Find out more about the Old Newton Environmental Group , just click here.

or email:  martin.stearman@gmail.com

OnWoods (Old Newton Community Woodland Group)

The Old Newton Community Woodland Project, called ONWOODS, was formally constituted in 2007, with the help of The Green Light Trust, and complies with Charity Commission rules.

OnWoods  signed an Agreement with the Parish Council  to look after a small, half acre woodland area north of the Village on the Finningham Road.

We have working parties in the Little Wood usually on the second Saturday of the month, from 10 am till 12 pm.

The aim of the project is now to also to acquire a larger area of woodland closer to the centre of the village, where young and old can participate in creating and caring for “their” patch of land, and be involved in their local natural environment in a hands-on way.

ONWOODS is supported by the village school, can offer pupils a curriculum linked programme of activities. A “global link “is also planned linking the project in Old Newton, Gipping and Dagworth with other groups in different parts of the world.

If you would like to help or just follow our progress, then contact the project on 01449 673331

Or email:  martin.stearman@gmail.com