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The WoodlandsFuelling a Revolution
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Public footpaths give easy access to most of the Heritage Woodlands.

All 35 of the Heritage Woodlands have free public access and this is being further enhanced by access work taking place as part of the Fuelling a Revolution programme.

Lying close to large areas of population, the Heritage Woodlands make an important contribution to the quality of life of local people, in terms of health, recreation and employment. They provide the only locally available 'countryside' experience for some urban communities, especially for those for whom mobility is poor as a result of relatively high levels of unemployment and low car ownership. The woods give people the chance to experience a 'natural' environment within easy walking or cycling distance from home and provide a resource that can be enjoyed regardless of car ownership or economic status.

Although separately, each of the 35 woodlands provides a 'natural' experience for local people, they are of even greater value when regarded as a whole. Many of the woodlands are linked together by a network of 'green' access links such as the Trans Pennine Trail. Together they form a heritage asset which is within easy reach of many of South Yorkshire's half a million people.

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