Woodland Discovery Centre opening

A NEW visitor centre is to be officially opened in one of South Yorkshire’s biggest ancient woodlands this weekend.

The modern timber building in Ecclesall Woods is to be unveiled by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley at a ceremony on Sunday.

The day will be packed with Autumnal woodland activities to mark the occasion.

A Family Fun Day will celebrate the glory of Autumn as the clocks go back and the colder weather draws in.

Apples will be picked, pressed and made into preserves. There will be bird feeder and bug house making to help garden creatures through the winter. There will also be pumpkin carving, a making woodland potions session and wand and staff making.

The event is aimed at those with young families and those interested in burning wood in their homes, but also has some interest for serious woodland lovers too.

There is a specialist Fungi Walk starting at 11.15am with Ziggy from Sheffield council’s Ecology Service and an RSPB-led Bird Walk setting off at 1pm.

Coun Dunkley said: “Ecclesall Woods is one of the most popular natural attractions in the region.

“The new Discovery Centre will help visitors understand and appreciate the woods even more.

“We are fortunate to live in such a green and beautiful city, with lots of wonderful parks and woodlands.

“The family fun day is an appropriate way to celebrate the opening of the centre.

“I really hope lots of people will come along to enjoy the many lovely woodland walks and get even closer to our natural environment.”

The building includes new visitor, education and training facilities to cater for school groups, businesses and individuals.