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TINSLEY PARK WOOD
SHEFFIELD

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This Heritage Woodland comprises a number of blocks of woodland of various sizes on the south-eastern edge of Tinsley Park Golf Course, close to where this meets the A630, Sheffield Parkway.

The woodland was first referred to in a deed dating from as early as 1325 in which half of the manor of Tinsley was transferred to the ownership of William Wynteworth. In 1657, Tinsley Park was included in a charcoal contract between Lionel Copley, a Rotherham ironmaster, and the 2nd Earl of Strafford of Wentworth Woodhouse. At the time, Tinsley Park covered 413 acres and was divided into ten coppice compartments and three holts (areas of high forest). However, since this time, much of this woodland has been destroyed by mining, the creation of Tinsley Park Golf Course, and more recently the construction of Sheffield Airport.

Tinsley Park Wood now has two areas of relict ancient woodland adjacent to which is a series of recently-planted woodlands. The woodlands are dominated by Oak with areas of Sycamore. Other tree and shrub species present include Birch, Hawthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Aspen and Elm. The site is known to have a good bird fauna.

Parking for the site is available at Tinsley Park Golf Course.

Under the Fuelling a Revolution programme, woodland restoration and access improvement work is taking place to restore Tinsley Park Wood to its former glory and to maximise its potential as a recreational and educational resource. Some thinning, coppicing and group felling is being carried out in order to create a more varied woodland structure and to encourage the regeneration of native trees such as Oak, Ash and Hazel. Sycamore, a non-native and highly invasive species, is being especially favoured for removal.

Access to the wood will be improved by resurfacing parts of the path system and creating resting places with seating. The boundaries of the woodland are currently poorly defined and these will be improved by the construction of a 150 metre length of post and rail fence, with metal barriers to control access by unauthorised vehicles. Finally, the potential of the site as an educational and recreational resource is being developed through guided walks, events relating to the natural history and historic interest of the site, children's events and practical management tasks.

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