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Explore Phoenix Park, incorporating Thunscoe Community Woodland
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

The site is owned by The Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission

Phoenix Park is a hidden gem nestled between the towns of Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire.

What was once the slagheap for Hickleton main colliery has been transformed into a wonderful community woodland for all to enjoy.

The site can be enjoyed whether you are walking, cycling or horse riding. There are a number of features to view including a climbing wall, calved farmyard animals, a maze, and an art gallery designed by a local youth group.

The site is also home to an abundance of wildlife that thrives on the diversity of habitats that are present on site.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

The view of Hickleton from the summit is delightful; very reminiscent of the Cotswolds.

Lee, 18/Apr/2014

Thanks for the comment, really glad you like the view!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Me and my 5 month old springer went for a walk around there this morning was a lovely walk around. Very quiet and peaceful and my dog enjoyed a play in the water. Will defiantly be back for another walk!!

Emma parkin, 26/Mar/2014

Really glad you enjoyed it, Phoenix Park is a lovely site, see you again soon!

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We went up to see how the park was maturing and talked to some peole using it. It was a great place but there Is a lot of dog poo around. Can there be dog bins or dogy sand pits or something? A bit of litter too. It needs keeping an eye on. the wildflowers were lovely and I still marvel at the carvings.

Beverley Chipp, 13/Jun/2013

Thank you for your comment regarding Phoenix Park, we are always keen to receive feedback about issues found on site to help us best target areas, and improve the sites to ensure an enjoyable experience can be had by the local community. Dog fouling is a growing issue on all our sites and unfortunately our budgets do not cover getting more dog poo bins. We will, however, be organising a Dog Awareness campaign on all our sites in July to highlight the issues, offer advice and give out free poo bags. It won't solve the problem but will hopefully make dog owners a bit more aware. Litter is also a big problem, especially with a public footpath running through the site, myself and the area team complete weekly site visits to assess issues, and complete maintenance tasks. As a result of this we have also just had a contractor in to do a thorough litter pick across the site and the mowing programme has been completed so it should be looking tidier. The site would really benefit from having a regular volunteering group, this is something that I am keen to set up in the near future, if it is something that you might be interested in getting involved with please get back in touch. Thanks again and I hope you keep enjoying the lovely aspects of the site

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Cycling
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint


OS Grid ref: SE 465 054

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South Yorkshire Community Rangers

01623 822 447
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