Plantation entrance off Moorlands Rise
The 'Plantation', dating from the 1940s, covers an area of approximately 360 acres [ circa 145 hectares ] in one large and two smaller parcels, all lying along the north-eastern 'flank' of the residential area of West Moors. It is owned and maintained by the Forestry Commission - but the largest section is easily accessible to residents of the village.
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Historically, this woodland has been dominated by pine and other
coniferous species, but it is intended to transform the Plantation by
allowing mixed woodland to develop and to increase the open areas
slightly, with a return in some places to the original heathland that
would have existed prior to the 1940s plantings.
The woods are
already well-used by residents for recreational walking, cycling, riding
etc., and it is hoped to enhance the facilities in the years to come.