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Haythornthwaite Wood

On the edge of Sheffield, just 1km from the boundary of the Peak District National Park, there stands a small wood. We dedicate it to the founders of our charity, Ethel and Gerald Haythornthwaite.

Gerald Haythornthwaite helped plant the wood near Dore in 1994. It was planted in an area of Green Belt saved by CPRE in the 1936 Whirlow Bridge to Dore Moor campaign against house building.

Current work

In 2023, money was raised to improve the Wood. The Dore Village Society, who care about the wood, donated money to support the project. The national CPRE “Hedgerow Heroes” fund also gave a grant for the restoration of the mixed hedge.

We are collaborating with a variety of partners to continue managing Haythornthwaite Wood for wildlife and for people. 100 metres of planted hedgeline was laid in autumn 2023 –  the hedgeline had grown freely for ten years without any intervention. Now, it has been laid to create a healthier mixed species hedge that is broader, thicker and more resilient for the future.

The next phase of work includes dry stone wall repairs, further woodland management and events to raise awareness of the ecology of the woodland. See our events page for more information and to get involved!

A stone was engraved by Bill Gordon, then-Peak District National Park Ranger, to commemorate the work of Ethel and Gerald. It is inscribed with: “This woodland was planted in 1994 in recognition of Gerald and Ethel Haythornthwaite’s lifetime defence of the countryside of Sheffield and the Peak District.”

Find out more

Contact if you would like to know more or offer to help with any of the above – or phone us on 0114 312 2002 and speak to a member of the CPRE team.