Visiting a woodland wonderland

New Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods
New Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods

A NEW visitor centre has finally been completed on the site of a former sawmill in Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield.

The Woodland Discovery Centre, which opened to a select crowd of teachers for a sneak preview, will open officially at the start of the new school year.

The building, in the woods off Abbey Lane, is made from locally-sourced timber and contains an education room, outdoor classroom and exhibition space.

The eduction room will be used for groups of schoolchildren to learn about woods, trees and woodcrafts.

The building will also be a venue for events, education sessions and training courses promoting the city’s woodlands, their wildlife and the way wood is used in construction and heating.

The centre has a variety of eco features including a boiler fuelled by burning waste wood, and toilet cubicle doors made from recycled plastic.

Ted Talbot, Sheffield Council’s woodland manager, said: “It’s great to see it finished and I can’t wait to see local schools visiting in the autumn term.”