Getting Involved: the Greno Woods project

Fancy learning how to identify woodland fungi? Or helping to restore a heathland? Or trying your hand at wood carving? There is a lot happening in Greno Woods and whether you’re 5 or 105, an individual, family, teacher or group, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.



Since 2013, the Greno Project - a programme of woodland restoration, interpretation and educational activities funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Viridor Credits - has been providing opportunities for people to learn more about Greno Woods and participate in their management.
There are many ways to get involved, including:

Volunteer Work Days
Held on the 4th Friday of each month (except December) community work days allow you to get ‘hands on’ with woodland management. The work carried out can vary from footpath improvement and access works to habitat and vegetation management.

Volunteer days run from 10am-3pm, meeting in the Forestry Commission car park on the Woodhead Road. Come along for the whole day or just an hour or two in the morning. Gloves, tools, and hot drinks provided.

For more information contact

Walks and Events
We run a wide-ranging programme of events, for all age groups and interests, throughout the year. In particular, look out for our Wild Play events, aimed at families, and Wild Side events aimed at young people aged 8-13.

Ecology and Heritage Skills Workshops
These courses offer you the opportunity to learn more about aspects of woodland wildlife, or to try your hand at traditional woodland crafts.
Click here for information about up-and-coming workshops 

Reserves Advisory Group
To learn more about what is happening at Greno Woods, to input your ideas or ask questions, why not come along to one of our reserve advisory group meetings? Hosted by the Greno Conservation Society, we meet at Grenoside Community Centre every couple of months to discuss reserve business.
For more information, or for the date of the next meeting, please contact Chris Doar

Youth Engagement Programme
Are you a youth worker / teacher working with 13+? Want support and opportunities to get young people outdoors?

We can provide bespoke woodland heritage sessions or longer term projects for your group linked to the education / youth curriculum or just for confidence building and fun. Staff members, planning, risk assessments, tools and equipment and even funding towards transport is included.

For more details contact our youth participation officer Sarah Duly at

Schools Programme
Schools across the city are invited to bring the national curriculum to life with a visit to Greno Woods. We have totally redesigned our Outdoor Learning package for 2014/15 and are currently offering amazing opportunities to schools who want to visit.

As well as creating a host of new sessions designed specifically for Greno, we can also contribute to travel costs to enable more children to access this wonderful ancient woodland and engage with a truly spectacular local treasure. Sessions available for all Key Stages.

Contact for more information and booking enquiries.

Survey and Recording
We are always interested to receive your records of wildlife seen in Greno Woods and regularly look for volunteers to help us with ecological surveys.

For more information please contact Chris Doar

The Greno Woods project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Viridor Credits. The project was made possible by an award of £277,400 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.