The Forestry Commission have worked in partnership for over 12 years with the Land Trust to manage a portfolio of 7 South Yorkshire Community Woodlands; Bentley Community Woodland; Brodsworth Community Woodland; Cudworth Common/ Ferrymoor Flash; Dinnington Community Woodland; Kiveton Community Woodland; Phoenix Park and New Park Springs.
From the 1st October 2016 The Forestry Commission will no longer manage these sites. The new site managers will be TCV (The Conservation Vol...unteers) The Land Trust will remain the land owners.
Our involvement in helping to create these woodlands and provide expert knowledge in forestry and sustainable land management started over 15 years ago when Yorkshire Forward and the Homes and Communities Agency started to look at South Yorkshire for possible sites to turn derelict land into community open spaces. The South Yorkshire Community Woodlands were then born, in 2003 when Phoenix Park, Bentley and Brodsworth were planted. The newly formed organisation of The Land Restoration Trust in 2004 took on the ownership of these sites to hold them in perpetuity of the local communities.
The Forestry Commission continued to manage these sites on behalf of the Land Trust, taking on a further 5 sites over the next 3 years.
The Forestry Commission are immensely proud to have been involved in the development of these sites for such a long time. We helped take them from black ex-colliery spoil heaps, helped to landscape and plant them and watched them grow into maturing woodlands, full of wildlife and flora. The whole team have enjoyed working to develop these sites and an extensive range of community, learning, health and volunteering projects over this time. We’ve had such great support and involvement from the local communities; we really couldn’t have done it without you.
So a BIG thank you to everyone who has attended an event, walked, run or cycled on site, volunteered and made us laugh over the years!
We really hope you continue to enjoy them and offer TCV and The Land Trust the fantastic support you have given us.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsTina Grimes, 20/Jun/2015
We visited the woodlands for the first time recently, bringing the daughters horse with us. We had a wonderful day, such a beautiful place! The only problem we found was despite being aware horse riding was allowed, we could not fit the trailer under the barrier into the car park so had to park & unload on the road. We will be regular visitors, as it's a fantastic place to ride without having to deal with traffic as we sadly have no bridleways near us. Well worth the 10 minute drive! x
4 Stars7sanjose, 16/Nov/2014
Hi I've been using the woodlands for 4 years now and always will.There's always going to be good and bad points it all depends on your viewpoint.Anyway I think the place is improving with age and the wildlife gets more interesting.The bad stuff is the people who use it with intent of vandalism,that is amazing,they go and spend hours there for recreational purposes and then persue the fine art of criminal damage.I've seen families barbequing and picnicing and left no mess.Its just the chosen few who don't give a hoot.For those of us that enjoy the area it tends to put a dampener on our visit but we still keep going.If you are one of those vandals please stay at home and trash your own place,I'm sure your families would be proud of you.For the rest of us please keep visiting the woodland and enjoy the place.
Forestry Commission Response
Many thanks for your comment, really glad you like the site.
5 StarsJohn Oxley, 16/Sep/2014
As a dog owner I regularly us the woodland and spend 2-3 hours wandering around and exploring all corners of the woodland, I love to drop in at the lake to see if we have any visitors, only a week and half ago we had upwards of 200 canadian geese and a few wild geese that stayed for 4-5 days and the other day there were 8 swans on the lake, some of them were youg ones. I have seen many animals around the place including Ducks,Geese, swans, coots, moorhens,deer ,rabbits,squirrels pheasants, voles, mice, dragonflies and many different birds including birds of prey.
I would not want to see the place developed with a cafe, picnic area, boating or fishing as these bring ther own inherent problems and disturb the wildlife. Bins as stated would cost money to empty and probably attract rats into the bargain. I know the place is often used by horse riders as I meet many of them and cyclists passing through.
If your bothered by wet and muddy conditions - wear boots or wellies.
If you consider the litter to be an eyesore then pick it up or maybe we can organise litterpicks now and again to get people involved in keeping this unique area pristine.
As for motorbike users take their photos and send them to the forestry commission who manage the area and let them deal with it.
I say leave it wild as this is home for lots of creatures who live here - we are the visitors.
Forestry Commission Response
Many thanks for your comments. I have passed you details on to the site ranger. We have regular volunteer sessions at Bentley, which include litter picking the site. We would also ask that when a member of the public see a motorbike on site that they would ring the Police on 101 to report it. Thanks