October 2015

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.

Summer days bring a varied flush of butterfly on the wing throughout 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 to mark the route. The new posts will be completed by the end of June 2015.

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.

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 2015

Volunteer work days: Winter 2015 through to spring 2016

Next Sunday work party
15th November 2015
10am till Midday

Meet at top of Hollybank Lane by Friends of Hollybank Woods notice board.

During the late autumn and winter months there are monthly practical work days on the 3rd Sunday of each month October through to April inclusive. 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 forestry tasks and path clearing to litter picking. Children very welcome, but need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sturdy footware/boots. Tools and gloves provided (if you have your own gardening gloves please bring them with you as we only have limited sizes and numbers).


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.


About and how to support:
The Friends of Hollybank Woods were formed in the Spring of 2001, to promote and carry out day to day management; and to protect the flora and fauna 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.

Contact the Friends of Hollybank Woods and become a member:

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

Telephone Anna on (01243) 375502