THE HERITAGE WOODLANDS OF THE SOUTH YORKSHIRE FOREST
Bluebell is a common feature in many of the
Heritage Woodlands in the springtime.
Within the South Yorkshire Forest there exists a unique network
of 35 ‘Heritage Woodlands’. This section of the website provides
information about these woodlands as a whole. For more information
on the individual woodlands in the Fuelling a Revolution programme,
click in the appropriate place on the Heritage
The 35 Heritage Woodlands are of significance for a number of reasons.
- The woodlands are important because they are ‘ancient woodlands’, in other words, woodlands known to have been in existence for at least the past 400 years. In fact, most of the Heritage Woodlands are thought to date back much further than this, in some cases as far as the end of the last Ice Age.
- As a result of their great age, the woodlands are of value to wildlife. They contain a range of different woodland types and other non-woodland habitats and because of this support a range of plants and animals that are only present in ancient woodlands, as well as some species that are either scarce or declining in number.
- The woodlands are important because of their history and heritage. They contain a range of archaeological features and have a history that is remarkably well known on the basis of a number of different lines of archaeological and historical evidence.
- The woodlands are important because of their use by the public. Being in Local Authority ownership, all of the woodlands are freely open to the public. They make an important contribution to the quality of life of local people, in terms of health, leisure, recreation and employment, particularly as most of the woodlands are situated within or on the fringe of densely populated urban areas.
Although every attempt has been made to ensure that the texts on this website can be read by those with limited background knowledge of trees and woodlands, it has been necessary to use some ‘specialist’ vocabulary for which definitions are provided in the Woodland Words glossary.
Finally, other sources of information about the woodlands are listed in a References section.