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About Us - Woodlands and Countryside Section

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Our Woodlands and Countryside Section cares for one of the city’s finest resources in the country’s most wooded city.

The section promotes the many and varied benefits of trees and woodlands as an environmental, economic, educational and recreational asset, highlighting their vital role in our natural life support system and in making life in the city more healthy and appealing. Find a wood close to you.

Sheffield’s wonderful green heritage provides:

  • At least 25 million visits to the city’s parks, woodlands and open spaces each year

  • The most wooded and treed city in Britain (10.4% woodland by area)

  • Over 100,000 trees in parks and open spaces

  • 80 ancient woodlands and over 180 woods in total

  • Ecclesall Woods, at 140 hectares, the largest ancient semi-natural woodland in South Yorkshire

  • 4 Scheduled Ancient Monuments, 15 Local Nature Reserves, and 6 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are managed by the Woodlands Section


Roles and Responsibilities

Our key roles are:

  • The maintenance, management and development of woodlands, and trees in parks and open spaces

  • Community Forestry involving local people in improving their environment

  • Organising educational, interpretative and recreational events

  • Protecting and enhancing wildlife and historic landscapes

  • Ancient woodland restoration and management

  • Offering a Commemorative Tree or Bench Scheme

  • Providing a consultancy service to our other services

  • Generating income from timber and firewood sales to help manage our woods


Key Achievements

Key achievements over the past years include:

  • Involving 20,000 people in community events

  • Working with 10,000 school children

  • Planting over 50,000 new trees

  • Consulting with and involving over 100 local community groups across the city in improving their local environment

  • Securing additional project funding to the value of £2 million. For example, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Forestry Commission, Children’s Fund, South Yorkshire Forest Partnership and European Objective 1, amongst many others

  • Leading on the declaration of 17 Local Nature Reserves extending over 580ha, protecting some of the best sites for wildlife in the city including Roe Wood and Crabtree Pond, the Gleadless Valley, Woolley Wood and Woodhouse Washlands

  • Forest Stewardship Council® certification for our sustainable management of Council owned woodlands, involving the harvesting of around 4,000 tonnes of timber a year, and supporting the local economy (leaflet available to download at the bottom of the page)

  • Green Flag management award - Ecclesall Woods and Wheata Woods



  • Modified: May 2, 2013 8:28:41 AM