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Water Haigh Woodland Park

Water Haigh Woodland Park is an intimate matrix of inter-connected pockets of broadleaved woodland, pasture, hedgerow and wetland.


The site is located on the footprint of the former Water Haigh colliery, which has now been transformed from a former spoil heap to a green oasis.

In addition it is helping to reinforce the important green corridor that is the Lower Aire Valley, and for years to come will benefit people and wildlife alike.

In recent years new tracts of woodland have been planted, hedgerows bolstered with additional planting and new footpaths created.

Water Haigh Woodland Park is part of a corridor of green spaces in the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds which is currently managed in partnership between Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Leeds City Council.

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Want to see more of Water Haigh Woodland Park before your visit? Have a look below.

Water Haigh Woodland Park photos in our Flickr group



Species and habitats

Meadow, Woodland
Curlew, Noctule Bat, Otter, Skylark, Song Thrush

Nearby nature reserves

Rothwell Country Park
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Rothwell Pastures Nature Reserve
2 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Hollinhurst Wood
2 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Fleet Lane
West Yorkshire
LS26 8AE
Map reference
SE 376 287
Great for...
a family day out
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97.00 hectares

Dogs allowed
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Tel: 01904 659570