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South Yorkshire Community Woodlands

Foot shaped lake at Bentley Community Woodland 

If you enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding or spotting wildlife then come and visit one of South Yorkshire's unique Community Woodlands.

Until quite recently they were mainly working collieries. Many had seen around a century of coal mining which supported the local community but left a scarred landscape. With the decline of coal mining and the closure of the pits, the sites were left derelict. 

The restoration of these Community Woodlands was undertaken by Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency utilising funding provided by English Partnerships through the National Coalfields Programme. 

The New Community Woodlands range from 37 to 100 hectares, and have been planted with a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees. They have given local communities access to an additional 460 hectares of green space within South Yorkshire which has added to the greening and overall improvement that is taking place within the county.

Easily accessible paths allow for a wide range of pursuits, whether it be walking, cycling or horse riding. Education and various health activities all add to the range of use making them an important part of the local community. What were spoil heaps now offer communities areas for work, rest, play and the opportunity to interact with an environment that they might otherwise never have enjoyed.


Brodsworth Community Woodland, South Yorkshire