Leeds is home to over 3,660 hectares (that’s 36.6 km2, or about 9,000 acres) of woodland, in and around the city’s major parks, including Golden Acre Park, Roundhay Park, Chevin Forest Park, Middleton Woods, and the Temple Newsam estate.

Around one third of this woodland, collectively known as the Forest of Leeds, is owned and managed by the Parks and Countryside team at Leeds City Council. The Forest of Leeds is certified under the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS), an independent and internationally recognised standard that verifies the sustainability of woodland management. One fifth of the Forest of Leeds is ancient semi-natural woodland, which means that it has remained wooded since at least 1600 AD.

Local Forests

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