Sports and leisure

York Community Woodland

Woodland creation plan

Following a detailed land character assessment and key phases of public and stakeholder consultation and co-design, the woodland spatial masterplan has been created. 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. Read the report presented at the 8 September 2021 Executive Member decision session

Future plans for the woodland include:

  • walking and cycle trails
  • 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.

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.

Forestry England

Yorkshire District

Forestry England – Yorkshire District, Outgang Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7EL,

York Community Woodland

West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA