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NEWS RELEASE No: 1380713 JULY 2010

Where there was once muck...there's still brass!

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Brass band player playing on top of rocks

The strains of brass band music will echo over the site of the former Kiveton Colliery on 18 July with a day-long competition to discover up and coming talent!

The Forestry Commission is hosting the second Kiveton Park Brass Band Festival on 18 July in 53 hectare (132 acre) Kiveton Community Wood, South Yorkshire.

Locking horns will be bands from Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, intent on wrestling the crown for their county.  

Ranger Dougie MacTaggart explained:

“Brass bands and collieries go together and this competition is a wonderful way to celebrate the coal mining heritage of Kiveton and give bands a chance to shine.  When the site was transformed from a wasteland into a wood we created a grassy amphitheatre which makes a wonderful setting for this competition.”

The event is meant for up and coming brass bands wanting to climb the musical ladder. Last year’s winner was Hucknall and Linby Brass Band from Notts. Challenging them this year will be Thurcroft Welfare Brass Band, Rotherham;  Ireland Colliery, Chesterfield; Oughtibridge, Sheffield; Deepcar, Sheffield; Thurlston, near Barnsley; Crofton Silver Band, Wakefield; Dronfield, Sheffield; and Clifton and Lightcliffe, Brighouse.

The event is free for spectators, but a £3 car parking charge applies. Further information on 01302 820278.

Kiveton Colliery closed in 1994 and its green makeover saw 37,000 trees planted, complimenting 40 acres of existing woodland, with another 50 acres of ponds and grassland created, along with four kilometres of trackways.  Smooth newts, water voles and many bird species have gained a foothold in the beauty spot.  It is owned by the Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission.

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

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".

Richard Darn on 01226 246351.  Mobile: 0775 367 0038.