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Project information

Help us to save Greno Woods

Greno Woods covers 440 acres and is a site of ancient woodland, one of the most important in Yorkshire, but the future of Greno Woods is in doubt. The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham would like to purchase the woods and manage them sympathetically for the benefit of wildlife and people.

July 2011 - July 2012

Charity information: The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham

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  • Need


    The wood has been managed entirely for private commercial profit since it was bought by the present owner in 1988. Non native species have taken over much of the wood, at the expense of native broadleaved tree species, the local wildlife and local people.


    If we can secure the ownership and management of the woods, we will improve the diversity of the canopy by planting and encouraging native species of tree and change the structure and mix of species in the woods to maximise the positive effects on wildlife and increase their resilience to climate change.
    We will engage local people and volunteers to help us plan, develop and manage the woods.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To acquire Greno Woods and manage it sustainably for the benefit of wildlife and people.


    » Greno Woods Appeal - to raise £1 million to acquire the woods and embark on a programme of sustainable management.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we have acquired Greno Woods and can begin to improve them for the benefit of wildlife and people.

  • Impact


    Long term, we will improve the mix and diversity of tree species in the woods and encourage traditional broad-leaved species to grow. We will maximise the positive effects on wildlife and increase their resilience to climate change.
    With the help of local people, we will rescue Greno Woods from the neglect it has suffered and make it a better place for wildlife to live in and people to visit and enjoy.


    If we are unable to raise the required funds by July 2012, the woods will be sold on the open market and the cycle of neglect may begin again.


    Progress of the appeal, together with our long term plans for the woods, can be found on a dedicated website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,032,236

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      Amount Heading Description
      £642,000 Purchase price Including legal fees.
      £127,800 Staff costs For 2.5 years, including volunteer supervision
      £98,700 Habitat & Infrastructure work Cost of materials, equipment & specialist contractors
      £67,400 Project costs Signage, project development (2 years)
      £96,336 Other costs 10% landfill tax for 3rd party funding, insurance, etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Veolia landfill £350,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Grenoside is a suburb of Sheffield, lying to the north of the city. Greno Woods occupies a 440 acre site to the north of the village, next to the A61 and straddling the Trans-Pennine Trail.


    Greno Woods is situated near Sheffield's northern boundary and is close to several of the city's outlying suburbs. It is very easy of access, being close to major roads and bus routes.
    Sheffield people have suffered badly over the last decades with the decline of traditional industries and unemployment, particularly among the young, is high. Greno Woods offers a much needed green oasis close to the city for recreation and relaxation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the largest environmental charity within Sheffield city region and we have 25 years experience in the sustainable management of land to benefit wildlife and people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Roy Mosley

    Wildlife Trust Head of Operations.