The If Not Now, When Community Woodland is tucked away in Suffield between Aylsham and North Walsham. The woodland was created in 2002 after the death of David Hood and is open to all. Complete with orchard, labyrinth, interesting architectural features and a wetland meadow, its the ideal spot for a picnic and gentle stroll.

David Hood bought Home Farm, Suffield in 1974 which included a 4.5 acre field. During his lifetime it was used for grazing cattle and horses from the local riding school and it was only during the final weeks leading up to his death from cancer that David conceived the dream of the If not now, when community woodland.

Since 2002, trees have been planted and projects been undertaken. Half of the plot has been designated a County Wildlife Site due to its species-rich meadow area, whilst the other half is managed as a formal garden with fruit trees, labyrinth and other interesting architectural features.

The woodland is free for anyone to use, particularly the local community. Please note there is no public car parking on site.
A few car parking spaces are available at Suffield village hall.

If you have any comments or ideas for the future development of the woodland please contact us.


The wood is full of flora and fauna and wonderful things to see. Click on a star on the map below to find out more.

Keith's interactive map of the site Link to owl gate Link to flowering plants and ferns Link to seating Link to Leaf Miner Moth survey Link to Moth survey 2010 Link to Silver Surfer sculpture Link to Architectural Structures Link to Architectural Structures Link to Rupert Vegetation Survey Jun 02. Link to Moss and liverwort survey Link to the Labyrinth Link to Dawn chorus walk 2015 Link to Obervations July 2010. Link to The Ogham Trees Link to Mound Vegetation Survey Link to Norfolk Wildlife Trust survey Link to EDP article - Why magic is leaving our meadowlands Link to What is a County Wildlife Site