Nowhere brings The National Forest to life quite like the Swadlincote Woodlands.
With 40,000 trees, interpretative boards and a variety of features, it is easy to forget this was once a landfill and open cast site. The 80 acre park has developed a great deal over the last 10 years and now offers a play area, orienteering course, (pdf, 2.7mb) picnic tables and a climbing rock. Spectacular views can be found overlooking the town.
Walks abound on a network of footpaths that criss-cross, with two trails waiting to be explored:
- Swadlincote Woodlands - All Ability Access Trail (pdf, 1.6mb)
- Swadlincote Woodlands - Nature Trail (pdf, 1.3mb)
It is also worth keeping an eye out for the many plants and animals that can be found in and around the ponds and meadows on site.
If you wish to get involved with the upkeep of the site, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) hold monthly activities. These include woodland thinning, coppicing and hedge laying and watercourse management. Telephone Kay Thompson on 01283 223327 or 07970 540616 for more details.