York Community Woodland - a visualisation

We are creating a new woodland near York

York Community Woodland is a 76-hectare site where we’ll be creating a new community woodland

Follow the story of our new woodland here

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Forestry England has been chosen by City of York Council as their preferred delivery partner for York Community Woodland and we will be planning, planting and managing this new woodland.

The site, near the village of Knapton to the west of York, will be transformed into a beautiful, inspiring woodland for the people of York to explore and enjoy, providing health and wellbeing benefits for all. And once established, it will help nature recover across the wider landscape, providing habitat for valuable wildlife and helping to store carbon, alleviate soil erosion and prevent flooding.

This woodland will be an important part of the work we’re doing expanding the nation’s forests over the next five years and will be delivered by the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund. Learn more about how you can grow the nations forests with the Forestry England Woodland Partnership. We’re excited to begin work creating York Community Woodland. 

Over the coming months, we will continue to bring together plans for the new woodland to give us all the information we need to make sure the right trees are planted in the right place, as well as establish the new network of trails and paths.

We will share the final woodland design which will show how the new woodland will look as it matures over the years ahead.

People living and working in York and the surrounding area have already had a chance to hear about the plans for this project through work done by City of York Council to engage with people and hear their views. We will continue talking to the local community along the way to keep everyone updated and we will let people know how to get involved as we begin tree planting.

For further information please visit the City of York Council website.

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We are set to take over responsibility for the site by early 2022 and we’ll share progress and let you know how you can get involved in future.

We’ll update this page as the project progresses.

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