Hollybank Woods, Emsworth, Hampshire.
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Hollybank Woods is an area of woodland to
the north of Emsworth in Hampshire on the border with West Sussex,
managed day to day by the Friends of Hollybank Woods for conservation
and forestry on behalf of Havant Borough Council.
Hollybank Woods comprises some 157
acres of mostly mature broadleaved woodland, with a younger conifer
and groups of conifer stands.
Hollybank is both a working woodland
as a site of importance for
nature conservation, and home to a diverse catalogue of flaura and
fauna, some of which are classified as red book status, nationally and
The July heatwave has seen a
fresh flush of butterfly on the wing in the woodland now.
Many butterfly on the wing now in the
woodland. White Admiral (Photo AB)
Brown Argus butterfly (Photo AB)
Brown Argus butterfly (Photo AB)
Ringlet butterfly (Photo AB)
Gatekeeper butterfly (Photo AB)
(PHOTOS: AB) Sunny glades (above) and
(PHOTOS: AB) Common Lizard (above)
Visiting Hollybank Woods.
Although there is no formal public car park, roadside parking is
available along Hollybank Lane. Please do not park in a way that may
obstruct traffic flow.
Hollybank Woods is an ancient medieval working coppice woodland and forestry, and is open all year to the public.
General access information.
There are a myriad of tracks and paths to explore which provide
tranquil and diverse areas for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to
In addition to this there are four main marked routes in Hollybank Woods.
Right of Way through Hollybank Woods (Bridleway).
There is a bridleway which runs north - south between Hollybank Lane
and the Emsworth Common Road and is designated as a right of way for
walkers, equestrians, and cyclists to pass through Hollybank Woods from
the top of Hollybank Lane to the Emsworth Common Road. This is recorded
on the definative map of rights of way in Hampshire.
Permitted easterly horse route.
This is an officially endorsed Havant Borough Council permitted horse
route running east for walkers, equestrians and cyclists to
pass through Hollybank Woods and access the bridleway in Southleigh
Forest on the northern side of the Emsworth Common Road.
Permitted westerly horse route.
This is an officially endorsed Havant Borough Council permitted
horse route that runs to the west allowing access to and from the
junction with the Horndean and Emsworth Common Road for walkers,
equestrians and cyclists.
This is a marked walk which takes in the site of the former Hollybank
Lodge (now a grass clearing), the central western woodland and Jubilee
Plantation. Please note that new
marker posts are currently being put in and old posts have mostly been
removed. The new posts will be completed by mid November 2013.
Walking your dog responsibly.
If your dog is off the lead you must be able to see where it is and it
should return to you on your command. If both points are true you are
in control of your dog and you are a responsible owner. If you’re not
sure how your dog will behave around other animals (deer, horses and
other dogs) please put it on a lead. Know where your dog is at all
Other than the burning of arisings related to forestry operations no
fires are permitted in Hollybank Woods at any time of the year.
Open camp fires not connected with forestry in Hollybank Woods create a
potential threat to the woodland, wildlife habitat, resident and
visiting species, some of
which are internationally rare.
Please do not light any fires in the woodland.
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and Events 2014
party. General forestry tasks for volunteers in the woodland. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided to round off
the 2 hour work session!
10am - midday
All tools provided, but if you have your own gardening gloves please bring them, if you do not have gardening gloves they will be provided.
Meet at the top of hollybank Lane by the Friends of Hollybank Woods information board ready for a 10am start.
2014 events diary will be online soon.
Meet at the top of Hollybank Lane by the Friends of Hollybank Woods Information board ready for a 10am start.
During the Spring, Summer and Autumn there are
monthly guided walks in
the woodland. All walks start at the top of Hollybank Lane, meeting by
the Friends of Hollybank Woods information
board. Walks last 2 hours and start at 10am finishing about midday.
(With the exception of the Summer moth and bat evening which starts at
8pm and finishes at about 11pm.) All welcome. Children very welcome,
but need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sturdy
footware/boots. All guided walks meet at the top of Hollybank Lane and
are free to members (50p suggested donation from non members).
All Volunteer Work Party start at 10am and
finish at 12 noon. Meet
the top of Hollybank Lane by the Friends of Hollybank Woods information
board. All welcome. Woodland work tasks for all ages and abilities,
from path clearing to litter picking. Children very welcome, but need
to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sturdy
Work Party days run during the autumn and winter months. From April
onwards, work days cease. This allows the nesting birds and breading
animals the spring and summer months undisturbed.
Weekly walks in Hollybank Woods:
Walking To Health.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the
month. Short, free and safe guided walks in Hollybank Woods. Meet at
10.15am, SYRCH Centre, Cotton Drive, off Southliegh Road in north
Emsworth. (SYRCH Centre is sign posted and there is a free car park).
great way to keep fit, all ages welcome! Improving your health whilst
enjoying an autumn/winter walk in the woodland.
Organised by Walking to
(Supported by the British Heart Foundation and
Foxgloves. Blue skies
and (July 2011) summer weather in Hollybank Woods.
Emsworth Show 2013
August Bank Holiday
Many thanks to all the visitors who dropped in on our stand this year,
and to those who signed up as new members of the Friends of Hollybank
Emsworth Show 2011. (PHOTO: AB)
Show2011, Holybank Stand. David Willetts is a great supporter of the
conservation work in Hollybank Woods, and has been a member of the
friends group since it was founded. (PHOTOS: AB)
Emsworth Show 2009,
Holybank Stand. Two of our regular young supporters
from 2007. (PHOTO: AB)
Friends of Hollybank Woods
About and how to join:
The Friends of Hollybank Woods are a group of local residents,
formed in the Spring of 2001, to promote the protection of Hollybank
Woods. The Friends of Hollybank Woods organise regular work
parties and also themed walks run by local naturalists. The group
undertake well planned conservation work in
the woods in line with a management plan for the benefit of both
wildlife and people using the woods.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved, not just for those who
want to do practical work. We need your support!
To receive a Membership Application pack and become a
Friend, please contact the Friends of Hollybank Woods membership
secretary. Membership costs £1.50 for an adult and £3.00 for a family.
Under 16's free.
Friends of Hollybank Woods
Telephone Anna on (01243) 375502
You can email us too,
are on the Blog page.
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