IF YOU go down to the woods today prepare for a big surprise.
That’s because Greno Woods has a new owner - after being purchased for £720,000 by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.
And to celebrate Trust staff, volunteers and guests were joined at the Old Red Lion in Grenoside by Lisa Nelson, general manager of major funders Viridor Credits Environmental Company, Stocksbridge and Penistone MP Angela Smith and Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell.
Professor Mel Jones talked about the history of the woods and how the Trust is now responsible for the important historical woodland.
Trust chief executive Liz Ballard said: “We wanted to thank our sponsors and all the people who have so generously supported our appeal.
“We know that owning these woods is a huge responsibility and that we are holding them in trust for the local community.”
Supporters and visitors were treated to a guided walk through the woods, to enjoy the carpets of bluebells and to learn about the Trust’s management plans.
The Trust says there is still much to do - with a final parcel of woodland to be bought and surveys and management plans to be developed.
The Wildlife Trust aims to restore the woods to their former glory, removing some of the conifer plantation and replacing them with native broadleaf species, as well as creating habitats to encourage a diverse range of wildlife.
Liz added: “Without our members we would not have the support we need to save places like Greno.
“This is a chance to thank them as well as our other funders.”