2019 - 2020 walking programme

If you want to gain confidence in identifying trees and plants, and are interested to know more about woodland habitats and how people have shaped them throughout history, then join me for a walk in the woods.

Walks in Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield

Come and experience the delights of South Yorkshire’s largest ancient woodland.  Walks are approximately 90 minutes long and stick to the main footpaths, although there are some hill ascents and descents on the route.

These free to attend walks are part of the Sheffield Woodland Connections project that was created to promote the aims of the Tree Charter.  Booking is recommended as places are limited.  To book please use this contact form.

Meet outside the main entrance to the J.G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre at least five minutes before the walk start time.

Autumn tree identification

Learn about the various woodland habitats that make up Ecclesall Woods while soaking up the autumnal colours.

We will explore the differences between English and sessile oaks, and look into the history of why there are so many non-native trees in the woods.

Date: Sunday 20th October 2019.
Times: 10.30am and 2.00pm.

Taking place as part of the Feast in the Forest event.

Spring tree and plant identification

Ecclesall Woods is justifiably famous for its bluebells and this glorious display will form the backdrop for discussing the relationships between trees and woodland wildflowers.
We will search out veteran examples of coppiced trees and focus on how conservation coppicing is now being used to aid the regeneration of wildflowers.

Date: Sunday 26th April 2020.
Times: 10.30am and 2.00pm.

Taking place as part of the Spring in the Woods event.

Walks in Padley Gorge, Grindleford

Padley Gorge SSSI is considered to be the best remaining example of the oak-birch woodland that once covered much of the Peak District’s uplands. It is famed for both its ancient coppiced oaks and the dramatic rocky gorge carved out by the waters of Burbage Brook.

There are hill ascents and descents on this walk and paths can be both wet and muddy.  Please wear suitably robust footwear.

All walks are from 10am – 1pm and start from Grindleford Station Cafe, where we will meet at 9.30am onwards.

This series of walks is run in partnership with Navigation for Women.

Autumn tree identification

Date: Saturday 26th October 2019.
Ticket: £25 (£20 early bird) – book your place here.

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