Region: North East & Yorkshire
This picturesque woodland, which spans 99-hectares, allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of life. With its mixture of mature broadleaf woodland, large open meadows and a scenic wetland valley, Brodsworth is renowned for its diverse array of wildlife.
Summer sees an explosion of colour and the arrival of a host of butterflies such as the Common Blue, Meadow Brown and Peacock. A Long Eared Owl is resident in the woodland and Kestrels are often seen hovering above looking for prey. There are also some fascinating and intriguing sculptures nestled in the woodland, including a giant dragonfly, which appears almost magically as you climb one of the many woodlands hills.
Brodsworth Community Woodlands, Long Lands Lane, Woodlands, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XB
Site size: 99 hectares
Open all year round
Main car park on site plus another car park just off Green Lane
No, however there are picnic facilities
An extensive network of footpaths comprised mainly of non-bonded crushed material. Most are in excess of 2.5 metres wide, but there are narrower trails through wooded areas which are unsurfaced. Paths vary in gradient from flat to 1:10 or steeper. There are a limited number of seating areas at varied intervals throughout the woodland, most in excess of 500m apart. Access onto site is through access control barriers which permit motorised buggies.
Walking, cycling, horse riding, sculptures and orienteering
Butterflies such as the Common Blue, Meadow Brown and Peacock. A Long Eared Owl is resident in the woodland and Kestrels are often seen hovering above looking for prey.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens; Markham Grange
When the colliery closed in the 1990s, the community suffered with high unemployment and health and social problems, compounded by the large area of derelict land which became a focus for antisocial behaviour.
The derelict and contaminated site was remediated by the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward using funds from the Homes and Communities Agency’s National Coalfield Programme.
The Land Trust provided a sustainable and cost effective exit for the landowner, protects the money invested in restoring the land, covers environmental liability associated with the site’s history and secures the future of the open space for generations to come.
The Land Trust’s unique management model works in partnership with the local community to deliver a range of added value activities such Woodland Workouts which turn conservation activities into structured fitness classes to provide significant health and social benefits.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager NE Yorks, East Midlands Ian Kendall or call 07786 748985
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