April 2014

Hollybank Woods, Emsworth, Hampshire.


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Forestry vehicle movements. If you are planning to visit the woodland, or walk in the woods on a regular basis, please check the forestry page where you will find advance information on scheduled forestry work. Forestry work often creates sudden or sustained noise.

Visitor information can be found by scrolling further down this page

Hollybank Woods

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 forestry plantation and groups of conifer stands.


Hollybank is both a working woodland and conservation site.


Classified 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 internationally rare.


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 Foxgloves (below).







(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 use.

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.

Circular Walk.
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 times.





NO FIRES:
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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Walks and Events 2014


Spring Walk
Sunday
27th April 2014

Guided Walk
Leader: Brian Fellows. Join us for a spring walk around the woodland.

10am - midday
Firm footware recommended as some paths are still muddy from the winter rains.

Meet at the top of hollybank Lane by the Friends of Hollybank Woods information board ready for a 10am start.



Events diary
  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 at 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 footware/boots.

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).

A great way to keep fit, all ages welcome! Improving your health whilst enjoying an autumn/winter walk in the woodland.

Organised by Walking to Health.
(Supported by the British Heart Foundation and the Countryside Agency.)


Foxgloves. Blue skies and (July 2011) summer weather in Hollybank Woods.
(PHOTO: AB)




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 Woods.



Emsworth Show 2011. (PHOTO: AB)



Emsworth 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.

Anna Williams
Membership Secretary
Friends of Hollybank Woods
Hollybank House
Emsworth
PO10 7UN


Telephone Anna on (01243) 375502


You can email us too, contact details are on the Blog page.








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