Our great volunteers Matt Hillier and Chris Wright have been surveying Haythornthwaite Woods for us. This small woodland was planted opposite the Dore Moor Inn in 1994 as a memorial to our founders Ethel and Gerald Haythornthwaite. Today it’s mostly made up of oak, birch, pine and ash plus special hedgerow trees. Matt and Chris report that there are there are already many bird species using the area but that there is more to do in developing a wider variety of grassland and flower-rich areas. We also know that small deer use the wood.
Last year we started thinning the wood by removing trees that are too close together or haven’t established well, and also laying the hedge. We want to develop the wood as somewhere people from all over Sheffield can go for a mini-woodland experience, and get involved in its conservation and management. So come autumn, we’ll be working with volunteers to open up paths through the wood, create an internal glade and maybe even a pond!
Please get in touch with Lindsay if you’d like to get involved. We’re also looking for funds to pay for things like new fences, an information board and sturdy seating.