Skipton Castle Woods, located just a few minutes away from the high street, is an example of one of England’s rare ancient woodlands. The wood, owned by Skipton Castle, is under the care and long-term management of the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. The woods are a firm favourite with the people of Skipton with thousands of families and dog walkers enjoying the woodland each year. The partnership between Skipton Castle and the Trust means that woods are open and free to explore.
The Woodland Trust has recently announced ambitious plans for the next decade which includes a commitment to providing an improved and inspiring visitor experience in some of their best-loved woodlands. Skipton Castle Woods has been chosen as one of these woods because of its unique history and connection to other local attractions such as the castle.
Skipton Castle Woods new visitor experience officer, Hazel Birdsall-Singer, spoke to us about plans for Skipton.
“The Woodland Trust currently cares for over 1200 woods in the UK many of which are explored by thousands of people on a regular basis. Making sure our woods are inspiring, interesting places to visit is really important to us and we’ve decided to invest more time in some of our best-loved sites, like Skipton Castle Woods, to make them better than ever. This will mean providing improved access, offering volunteering opportunities for the community and delivering events that celebrate nature and trees.
As well as working to improve path surfaces and undertaking repairs to the dry stone wall boundaries with help from volunteers and students of Craven College, we are excited to be offering a number of family and nature loving events this year.
This spring sees the return of the annual Easter trail and with the help of our newly recruited local volunteers and Skipton Library; we are looking forward to regular spring story sessions in the woodland during April and May.
On May 31st we will be welcoming Rusticus Theatre for Magical Woodland, a walking, singing and nature exploring performance for families. In summer, Skipton Civic Society will be hosting history walks through the woods and later in the autumn we will be exploring wisdom and myths on a guided walk that uncovers the folklore of ancient trees.”
Dates for the diary – Spring
Easter Eggventure – Saturday 15th April
Tuesday Tails – Tuesdays, 25th April – 23rd May
Magical Woodland – Wednesday 31st of May
You can book for events and find out more on the new website for Skipton Castle Woods skipton.woodlandtrust.org.uk
For more information about the work of the Woodland Trust visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Featured image by Kristian Nicholson