Region: North East & Yorkshire
Frickley Country Park is a former colliery and now is now an attractive open space. It has over 7 miles of footpaths and cycle-ways, giving you great opportunities to walk, run, cycle and escape in this natural environment. There are also several works of art which hark back to the land’s industrial past.
This park has a wonderful mix of open meadows, wetlands and woodlands, providing homes for a wide variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife to thrive The park also boasts several intriguing work of art. More than 70,000 trees have been planted, which are maturing into attractive woodland.
Doncaster Road, WF9 2EL
Site size: 78 hectares
Open all year round
Car parking is available off Doncaster Road alongside the Frickley Lane bridleway
Good access for people with limited mobility; however some of the slopes on the former tip are steep due to the lay of the land.
Water features, bridleways, footpaths and cycleways and extensive landscaped open space areas.
Frickley Country Park is a former colliery, to the immediate south of South Elmsall, West Yorkshire.
It’s situated on the southern side of an urban settlement, bordered to the east and south by agricultural land with broadleaf woods, and to the west by a railway and spoil heaps. As one heads south from South Elmsall, it marks the transition zone between urban and rural landscapes and as such is of local significance. Two wetland areas, property of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council (WMDC) are located in the park, with floodwater storage function.
The park, which spans 78 hectares, was transferred to the Land Trust in March 2012. Groundwork Wakefield currently manages the park for community benefit on behalf of the Land Trust.
Investment has been provided by the Homes and Communities Agency’s National Coalfields Programme to transform the derelict site into a safe and attractive open space.
The park now boasts water features, a bridleway, footpaths and cycleways, and extensive landscaped open space areas. Over 70,000 trees have been planted as part of the comprehensive landscaping scheme. It is a public recreation area and nature reserve for you to use and enjoy.
As a result of the Land Trust taking ownership, the site is now retained and managed for the benefit of the community. Positive outcomes include use of the park for educational activities, regular community events, allotments for tenants’ growing and a haven for around 60 species of birds and five butterflies.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Ian Kendall or call 07786 748985
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