Can you help us carry out essential work to help protect the native bluebell and its ancient woodland habitat for future generations?

You can make a difference today

With your support we can continue to see our local woodlands thrive and enjoy spectacular displays of bluebells for years to come. You can make a huge difference to wild spaces and wildlife in your local area.

Bluebells’ ancient woodland home themselves face their own challenges, such as the threat of development. We are campaigning hard to save the ancient Smithy Wood from becoming a motorway service area and have been working to protect ancient woodland and wildlife on the proposed HS2 route. We will also be working with Sheffield City Council on their forthcoming Green Belt review.

We look after 12 nature reserves across South Yorkshire and have found that effective woodland management can make a huge difference to giving bluebells a helping hand. At Crabtree Ponds we have carried out a regime of scrub clearance and canopy thinning, protecting a small but important patch of native bluebells from encroachment.

Reserve manager Rob Miller is a particular champion of this work: “We’re delighted to have witnessed the bluebells thriving at Crabtree over the past five years. Since we carried out canopy thinning three years ago, the size of the patch has grown significantly and the displays have gone from strength to strength. I would be thrilled to be able to extend this kind of maintenance programme to other areas, and see other native bluebell patches grow too.

This long-term, sustainable approach to protecting and enhancing our wild spaces, including our trees and woodlands, is essential if we are to retain the magic of our native bluebells and the ancient woodland they identify for future generations to come.


Help protect and enhance our local wildlife and green spaces by joining Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. By joining our community of wildlife lovers today you can help care for the wild places you love – like our ancient bluebell woodlands – preserving them for years to come. Click here to join.

Existing members

By increasing your regular donation today, you could help protect our native bluebells, ancient woodlands, trees and wild spaces across Sheffield and Rotherham for future generations.

Please complete this form to increase your regular donation today. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to someone, please call us on 0114 263 4335.

Bluebell appeal form.