Friends of Nutclough Woods feel it is vital to attract and support local wildlife by regenerating the land we manage. We want to encourage more biodiversity and make the woods a more pleasant place for people.
Native woodland is comprised of oak, birch, rowan, elm, elder, holly and hawthorn, with a rich variety of wild flowers, grasses, ferns, woodrush, fungi etc, etc.
We believe the Victorians planted beech and sycamore in great numbers in the Nutclough Woods, because they were large, fast-growing trees. Perfect wood to fuel Nutclough Mill. Also, it was mistakenly thought their roots would stop the hills eroding and hold the soil in place and away from the pond, which was a working mill pond. Unfortunately, the sycamore and beech became dominant, and create so much shade that native trees and ground plants are struggling to survive. The soil runs down the hill and woodland plants are in decline.
Friends of Nutclough Woods have developed a management plan to, over time, restore the woods to a much healthier natural balance of flora and fauna, and improve accessibility for people.
Our woods have a beck running through them – Ibbot Royd clough – and a dam in the middle of the woodland, much loved by local families. The pond is silting up and being over-grown with trees and plants. It still attracts herons, kingfishers and dippers, and the children’s favourites, the ducks, as well as many other visiting birds and mammals.
We plan to gently restore the pond. We also plan to improve the paths through the woods and restore the seating, which had been vandalised.