Margaret Wood

32 acres
Semi-ancient woodland

Close to Denby Dale in West Yorkshire, Margaret Wood is the furthest north of all CRT's properties. It is peaceful and in spring has a carpet of magnificent bluebells. With just 32 acres of semi-ancient woodland and pasture, it is one of our smaller properties, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in wildlife and beauty.

We do not have a tenant farmer at Margaret Wood, but a thriving, dedicated support group. The pasture is let to a neighbour who uses it to graze sheep.

Our volunteers follow a gentle-touch woodland management plan, so it thrives with flora and fauna. The wood and pasture is a springtime wildlife haven with carpets of bluebells, great spotted woodpeckers among the trees and curlews on the meadows.

On the property, there is a large modern barn used by volunteers to store equipment and to rest after a busy day completing conservation activities.

Further from the barn down a short path is the open pasture. The dry stone wall that separates the pasture and the woodland has been repaired and sections have been completely replaced by the CRT.

At the end of the pasture is the amazing semi-ancient woodland. The pond, completely created by volunteers from a small stream, this attracts a range of wildlife and is a core element of the farm's education programme.

Read about our other property that has beautiful bluebells, Twyford Farm

Highlight species

Tree SparrowTree Sparrow YellowhammerYellowhammer 


UK conservation status: Red 

UK conservation status: Red 

UK conservation status:   Amber 

Other notable species

Garden WarblerGarden Warbler


Great spotted woodpecker

UK conservation status: Green  UK conservation status: Green  UK conservation status: Green 

Exceptional records

Willow Tit Willow Tit

UK conservation status:   Red 

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