Have your say on the Greno Woods masterplan

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Greno WoodsGreno Woods

Lying on the northern fringes of Sheffield, Grenoside Woodlands comprise 700 hectares of woodland, heathland and ancient field systems, including Greno Woods (Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust), Wharncliffe Woods (Forestry Commission) and Wheata Woods (Sheffield City Council).

There has been a sharp increase in visitor numbers to Grenoside Woods in recent years, due largely to the increase in popularity of downhill mountain-biking (for which there are trails in both Greno and Wharncliffe Woods), but also due to a growing awareness of what the area offers for outdoor recreation.

In its Outdoor City Zoning study, Sheffield City Council identifies Grenoside Woodlands as a priority area for the development of outdoor related sports and tourism. It also identifies the need for investment, stating that the area is “rated as not having existing infrastructure that matches their scale of catchment.” The companion Investment Potential Study report highlights lack of car parking in the area as a particular problem.

This autumn Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust are working with consultants Ecus Ltd to produce a masterplan for the main entrance to Greno Woods. This plan will consider whether visitor facilities could and should be provided on site, with particular attention being paid to how an adjacent wood stacking area could best be utilised to provide additional car parking for the area.

All those with an interest in this area are invited to take part in our online consultation and/or to attend a drop in session on Tuesday 28th November, 7.30-9pm, at the Reading Rooms, School Lane, Grenoside, to view and comment on the draft plan.

This masterplan is being funded through the East Peak Innovation Partnership’s LEADER Fund as part of the European Regional Development programme.

Click here to take part in the Greno Woods masterplan online consultation