Land West of Knapton Plan

A New Community Woodland for our Parish

Updated: 29/03/2021

The Parish Council have been invited to join a Stakeholder Advisory Group which is to assist in the design and delivery of the Community Woodland in the Parish. Councillor John Flynn is our representative on this group.

The first meeting of the group was held on the 16th of March when we heard of preliminary site investigation work and analysis. A number of designs for the woodland are being drawn up and these will shortly go out to public consultation, which will provide you with the opportunity to make your views known.

Original Post: 16/11/2020

City of York Council have announced the purchase of land West of Knapton for the purpose of creating Community Woodland. This is a significant part of the Council’s plan for York to become carbon neutral by 2030. It is anticipated that over time 50,000 trees will be planted over the next few years, and plans include a children’s play area, wildflower meadows, footpaths and trails and a café area.

The land concerned can be seen on the Map, outlined in red. No detailed plans on layout and design have yet been formulated. City of York Council’s lead on Climate Change, Cllr Paula Widdowson spoke to the Parish Council at our last meeting at which the Parish Council requested representation on any steering group responsible for developing the detailed plans. We have been promised full consultation at all stages of the project.

We believe that this project will be of overall benefit to the Parish but as always it is the detail that is important.

We will endeavour to update this article as the project progresses. In the meantime, you can find out more or register for regular updates on the City of York Council website.