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Woodland workout scheme launched in Kiveton

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Volunteers and forest workers clearing roadside vegetation in Twyford wood

Forget expensive gym fees - rangers have come up with the perfect way to shed the pounds and give Mother Nature a helping hand – and all for free!

The Forestry Commission has launched a volunteer woodland workout project in Kiveton Community Wood, Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire, to help folk stay in trim and improve wildlife habitats.  Now a recruitment drive is underway to get adults to go green and sign up.  Hannah Darcel, Ranger with the Forestry Commission, explained:

“There are loads of tasks that need doing, from removing ragwort, pruning, thinning birch and creating paths. It’s a great way to stay active and meet new friends and has a really positive impact on your sense of wellbeing.”

Fortnightly sessions on Thursdays take place from 13 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm until the end of the year. Volunteers will be taught how to use a range of tools safely to improve the flourishing wood. Hannah Darcel added:

“People can work at their own pace and there’s a real sense of satisfaction in doing something positive for the environment.”

Kiveton Community Wood  is managed by the Forestry Commission and owned by the Land Trust.  It took root on the site of Kiveton colliery which closed in 1994.  A green makeover saw 37,000 trees planted, complimenting 16 hectares of existing woodland, with another 20 hectares acres of ponds and grassland created, along with four kilometres of track ways.  Smooth newts, water voles and many bird species have gained a foothold in the beauty spot. 

To join the woodland workout and for more information contact Hannah Darcel on 07789 942599 or email  Refreshments will be provided.


Notes to Editor

  1. Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands.  To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to

  2. The Land Trust is an organisation that provides a sustainable future and an exit strategy for public open spaces.  The Trust, a company established by the Home and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships), Groundwork, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission deals with the long-term management of public spaces for the benefit of the community. The Trust’s goal is to provide maintenance of quality spaces in order to improve the economic, social and health prospects of an area.   The Trust acquires land that is not considered to have any economic value and works with local management partners to create new sustainable "green amenities". Visit

  3. Media calls: Richard Darn on Mobile: 0775 367 0038.