WOOLLEY BANK WOOD
Woolley Bank Wood lies along a north-west facing slope overlooking the River Dove near Worsbrough Mill. In common with nearby Bell Bank Wood, it lies approximately 3 kilometres south of the centre of Barnsley and forms part of Worsbrough Mill Country Park. The car park for the Country Park is close to the wood, and the area is also served by public transport. The wood is well served by footpaths, at least some of which are Public Rights of Way.
Woolley Bank Wood is known from documentary and other evidence to be an ancient woodland, that is, one that has been in existence for at least 400 years. It was once part of a much larger area of woodland, which covered the Rockley Valley and continued eastwards along the River Dove.
Woolley Bank Wood is a semi-natural woodland. The main native tree species are Oak, Ash, Birch and Hawthorn but there are also two replanted areas, one dominated by Sycamore and the other by Beech. Other trees include Elm, Hazel, Alder, Rowan and Lime. There is a relatively sparse shrub layer which has a mixture of young trees, shrubs and bramble, the latter being particularly dense under the planted Sycamore at the western end of the wood. On the woodland floor are various plants commonly associated with areas of ancient woodland.
Under the Fuelling a Revolution programme, a programme of woodland restoration and access improvement work is taking place to restore Woolley Bank Wood to its former glory and to maximise its potential as a recreational and educational resource. Sycamore, a non-native and highly invasive species, will be thinned, and native species such as Oak, Ash and Hazel will be encouraged. The age range of trees in the woodland will be broadened by the selective thinning of young trees, by the coppicing of selected Oaks and Ashes, and by managing the Willows found adjacent to the river Dove. Although the woodland is already quite well served by footpaths, there is a need to improve certain sections of these, especially to encourage access by a wider range of people than use the woodland at present. Finally, in order to raise awareness of the history and natural history, recreational potential and management of the wood, a programme of educational and interpretative events is being run at the site.
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We regret that no detailed information on Woolley Bank Wood is currently available on this website. This will become available in mid to late 2002. See Get in Touch for details on how to obtain further information on this wood.