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York Community Woodland secured for future generations

Following the Executive Member for Climate Change and Environment Decision session on September 8 2021, the Woodland Project is thrilled to announce that York Community Woodland has been secured for future generations under the management of Forestry England as the project's preferred delivery partner.

Group full field shot

The partnership will see Forestry England taking responsibility for woodland creation and ongoing management to a specification agreed with City of York Council through a long-term lease of up to 120 years, for which the council would receive rental income.

We're looking forward to working with Forestry England as the project moves into its next phase.

Read the report presented at the 8 September 2021 Executive Member decision session.

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Final Woodland Masterplan published

Following a detailed land character assessment and key phases of public and stakeholder consultation and co-design, we have now created the final design for the woodland. The masterplan meets the design brief and will guide the creation of York Community Woodland, ensuring it meets the community woodland vision, agreed project objectives and Forestry Commission regulatory requirements.

The design was considered and approved by the Executive Member for Climate Change and Environment during a decision session on 8 September 2021.

Future plans for the woodland include:

  • cycle paths
  • play areas
  • sensory gardens
  • wooded gardens
  • wildflower meadow
  • a café
  • commercial area
  • forestry school

The masterplan may be subject to minor tweaks or changes for operational and other reasons following discussion with the woodland’s delivery partner, Forestry England.

This is a key milestone for the project and we are excited to begin creating the foundations for a woodland that will continue to grow for many years to come! Next steps include tree planting and creating the main pathways which we will be starting soon.

The co-design and consultation phase with the public ran from April to May 2021. We asked residents and local organisations to tell us what they think about our plans and ideas supported by concept designs showing what the woodland could look like.

We used this feedback to make recommendations towards:

  • the final ‘community owned’ woodland vision
  • the final woodland design plan
  • how residents and local groups can be actively involved in creating the woodland
  • how people can be involved in the woodland’s ongoing management

The project also works in partnership with a Woodland Stakeholder Advisory Group. This group is made of up a number of experts, local business, organisations and interest groups who have helped us to shape the vision of the woodland design and provided invaluable advice and knowledge around the project.

For more information on the stakeholder and public consultation and co-design please read the report presented at the 26 August Executive Member decision session.

For more information on the design, please read the report presented at the 8 September 2021 Executive Member decision session.

View the York Community Woodland Site Assessment Report - March 2021.

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York Community Woodland supports local event and festival

We recently welcomed members of the public to join us on a walk of the York Community Woodland site as part of York Environment Week  and York Walking Festival.

The walk showcased the project’s journey so far and presented information on how the woodland plans to:

  • support climate change
  • increase and protect biodiversity
  • provide a new stray for the city

Thank you to all the attendees for joining us on the walks.

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Community Meadow Update

We recently shared news with you of our progress in creating an area of Woodmeadow on the Woodland site. We provided public access to the display of vibrant flowers through a series of trails cut into the woodmeadow, allowing everyone to take a close look at the flowers and wildlife on the land including bees, butterflies, hoverflies and ladybirds. We hope that all visitors to the site enjoyed the experience provided by the Community Meadow.

York community woodland - Community MeadowPhotos courtesy of Guy Wallbanks and Bankhead Droneography.

The meadow has now been cut back in line with the traditional time of year to ensure that the perennial seed can grow successfully. The woodland team with help from volunteers from Natural England and York Rotary Club re sowed the 7 acre field using seed supplied locally from the Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve.

Should you wish to share any stories or photos from your time on the Community Meadow please do share these with us at yorkcommunitywoodland@york.gov.uk.

To keep informed about the woodland project please sign up to receive York Community Woodland Updates.

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Woodland visited and commended by Forestry Commission and White Rose Forest partners

The woodland team were thrilled to welcome onsite the National Executive of the Forestry Commission and White Rose Forest during a visit to the woodland location in June. The woodland project is working with both the FC and White Rose Forest as project partners to ensure best practice is in place throughout the project.

Richard Greenhous, Director, Forest Services commended the Woodland Project so far stating:

It was fantastic to see and hear about the plans for York Community Woodland and all the benefits intended for local people, nature and the economy. We at the Forestry Commission look forward to working with York City Council and their partners to realise this huge potential.

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Also see

York Community Woodland

West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551550

Landscape masterplan - download a copy in PDF.

Woodland landscape masterplan

View a copy of the York Community Woodland landscape masterplan in portable document format (pdf).

Download the landscape masterplan PDF (8.17mb)