Region: North East & Yorkshire
New Park Springs is a new and developing public space with areas of woodland, grassland and wetlands across its 56-hectare span. The space is located across the road from another of the Land Trust's sites Cudworth Common.
This park rises above the surrounding area so fabulous views of Cudworth Common, the RSPB’s Edderthorpe Ings reserve and for many miles into the distance can be enjoyed as you wander round this wild green space. The space’s gradients also make a challenging network of trackways and footpaths for walker, runner and cyclists to enjoy.
Film and trivia buffs may be interested to know that prior to its restoration New Park Springs and Cudworth Common were part of the Grimethorpe Colliery, which the hugely successful film Brassed Off was based upon.
Clayburn Road, Grimethorpe Nature Reserve, Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, S72 7LQ
Site size: 56 hectares
Open all year round
An extensive network of footpaths comprised mainly of non-bonded crushed material. Most are around1.5 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, wildlife watching
Old Moor RSPB , Monk Bretton Priory, Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
New Park Springs is a 56-hectare public space on the site of one of the principle spoil heads for Grimethorpe Colliery, in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
The space is located across the road from another of the Land Trust’s sites – Cudworth Common, which has been in our ownership since 2006. Both areas were part of the same colliery complex and by looking across to Cudworth you can get an idea of how New Park Spring will look in five years time.
The Spoil heap was remediated with funds from the Homes and Communities Agency’s National Coalfield Programme. The resultant green space and business development have helped the nearby towns recover from the problems of the last decade. The new business park located between the Land Trust’s spaces is proving very popular with a number of new businesses being attracted to the area bringing job and economic uplift.
The Land Trust is providing a sustainable and cost effective exit for the HCA protecting the money invested in restoring the land as well as covering the environmental liability associated with the site past history. Crucially the Land Trust’s role in maintaining an attractive and popular green space increases the viability and desirability of the business park.
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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