The National ForestColeorton Wood

Coleorton Wood

Coleorton Wood is a six-hectare mixed, young woodland planted during the early days of The National Forest on the site of the former "Bug and Wink" colliery. It is owned and managed by Coleorton Parish Council.

The wood is accessed from Pitt Lane, off Coleorton Moor, Coleorton, Leicestershire, LE67 8FS. Map >>  It’s an ideal starting point for the Coleorton Heritage Trail.

Opening times:
The wood is open between the hours of 09:00 to 16:00. The main gate to the wood from Pitt Lane is opened and closed by volunteers so may not always be on the dot.


There are several seats and picnic tables through-out the wood. Please respect the wood and its residents and take home your rubbish. Dogs are welcome but please keep them under control. Please clean up after your dog and take it home with you as there are no dog waste bins in the wood.

Food and drink is available from the 4 pubs in Coleorton. See details for opening times and menus >>

Management Plan:

A Management Plan was drawn up in early 2013 following the transfer of ownership to the Parish Council. That plan has been successfully implemented over the last 5 years. Much of the maintenance of the woods, hedges and ponds is undertaken by the Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group. They also build new seats and picnic tables and nesting boxes. The Heritage Warden reports include details of work done.

It's now time to draw up a plan for the next 5 years. A draft plan is proposed and being considered by the Council and The Forestry Commission.

Take a look at the draft plans and if you have any comments please email Andrew Hogsden our parish clerk at The report and maps are in pdf format.

Coleorton Wood is within The National Forest and we have been able to obtain some funding from them to help with the work and purchase of necessary supplies. The National Forest has produced a Case Study of Coleorton Wood for its Forest & Woodland Management Programme. Read the National Forest Case Study here >>

In April the Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group planted a new
hawthorn hedge along the boundary.
Coleorton Wood - thinning Sept 2014
                   Coleorton Wood - thinning Sept 2014
Newly layed hedges in Coleorton Wood May 2011
         Newly layed hedges in Coleorton Wood May 2011

Coleorton Wood was officially handed over to Coleorton Parish by Leicester County Council on 21st January 2012. A management group has been set up to plan and oversee the wood and ensure it provides a resource for parishioners and wildlife for generations to come.



At the handover ceremony were:

  • Jackie Dickinson – Chair of LCC – Officially handed the wood over to Coleorton Parish Council
  • Andrew Bridgen – our MP
  • Nigel Smith – Chair NWLDC
  • Paul Brader – Chair Coleorton Parish Council
  • Grainne Kelly - Coleorton parish councillor who has worked tirelessly to achieve this objective. She thanked a lot of people for helping her to negotiate the purchase of the wood - and she was thanked for all the work she had put into making the purchase happen.
  • Many parishioners young and old
  • Members of the Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group who have really made a difference to the wood over the last year
  • and four-legged friends

Coleorton Conservation Group

The Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group has done a lot of work at Coleorton Wood to preserve the wood for human and visitors and the woods inhabitants. Take a look at their regular reports to see what they have achieved >>

More about the group and how to join >>

Volunteers enjoy a cuppa after a hard morning’s work.

Emergency Contact

In an emergency or to report a problem please call: Terry Betts on
01530 811269 or 07840 140281.

Management and thinning work

Thinning work and tidying of fallen trees is on-going in the wood and there are often cut logs left lying. These logs are the property of Coleorton Parish Council who will dispose of them to generate funds to continue the work of managing and caring for the Wood. Taking logs without permission is theft.

Dog Walkers

Please make sure you clean up your dog’s mess and take it home to dispose of - as you would if walking on the street. It doesn’t degrade quickly and its unpleasant and unhealthy for other walkers and volunteer workers to encounter.

Queen Elizabeth II Field Scheme.

Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challengel ogo


Coleorton Wood has been accepted onto the Queen Elizabeth II Field Scheme.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an exciting new programme to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Challenge will permanently protect a network of 2012 outdoor recreational spaces by 2012 in communities across the UK – the Queen Elizabeth II Fields.

Read the briefing note (pdf) for additional information or go to the website

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust


The Coleorton Woodympics & QEII FIT Field Day Sunday 23rd September 2012
Photos >>