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Potting Sheds? On the case ;-)

"It seems prevailing silence from the so-called Raincliffe Woods Community Enterprise speaks volumes and is equal only to its misguided vision.

From the start only a selected sharing of information was initially available, strangely focused on Barrowcliff! There is in this case, however, no comfort in the knowledge that such a large and precious tract of our local landscape is in ‘unsafe hands’ which are not being held to account!

Our lovely woodland fringe and wildlife corridor is at risk.

It stretches from Stepney Bank Farm, alongside the Wireless Station, becoming a leafy backdrop to the cemetery and hospital then to Throxenby Mere then flanking Low Road before the picturesque Forge Valley to East Ayton.

What wider consultation has taken place to justify such large scale invasive operations on such a significant and delightful piece of our natural heritage?

Meanwhile, the first effects of this ongoing menace are being felt by regular visitors to the wood, this is apparently just the beginning!

Up on the high ridge that boarders precious farmland native pine trees were planted to prevent soil erosion and land slip. They are ‘felling to waste’ all along this ridge – this means felling many beautiful trees and leaving the debris on the ground! How can this be justified? It seems that the Raincliffe Woods Community Enterprise is bad news for the countryside and for this town, with much of its agenda shrouded in mystery and the so-called ‘board of directors’ somewhat difficult to access, in my view.

This town deserves better. Perhaps the council will take back its duty of custodianship of the precious local resource as a matter of urgency before more irreparable damage is done.

To attempt to redress the information imbalance the public are invited to view the Save Raincliffe Woods website at and also join in our Facebook debate.

Jayne Anne Strutt"


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Back Yard Stuff

With support of organisations including the Woodland Trust and Groundwork the group will focus on the development of the site under three broad themes; wildlife, people and enterprise. Key activity will include its restoration to broadleaved woodland, the encouragement of greater public use and generating sustainable income from timber sales, employment, volunteering and other enterprises.

Robert Sword, Chair of RWCE said: “This is an exciting time, 2015 will see the RWCE begin restoration on site - the first for over 50 years - and apply for funding to establish dedicated staff, equipment and a work base locally.

“There will also be a number of volunteer roles created, with the group looking for support in a number of areas including practical conservation work, research, communications and education. Raincliffe Wood is predominantly conifer woodland and part of the initial planning is to thin these woods into a deciduous woodland to increase biodiversity.”

People will have the chance to learn more about future plans for Raincliffe Woods on the 6th and 7th of February when public meetings will be held at The Street, Community Centre, Scarborough, YO12 7PW.

The RWCE’s business plan and woodland management plan will be presented and people can learn how they can support the project and become a member.  For further information contact one of the directors Mark Feather on 01482 863597.


John Bradley (Director RWCE): “After working on this for nearly 3 years I am very pleased with the decision; it has been well worth the wait. I am very grateful for all the support we have received from various individuals and organisations.”

Mark Feather of the Woodland Trust, added: “Experience tells us that people care passionately about their local environment and the transfer of this important wildlife habitat to the RWCE can only be good news for its long term future.

“The Woodland Trust has over 40 years of experience in managing woodland across the UK and we are delighted to be able to support the local community in turning Raincliffe Woods into something truly unique.”

There is an article in the SN not yet appeared on their webpages.

According to the public records they had a one year trial period to 15th April 2016, according to 'other' sources & closed doors it is a done deal.

Why?  This elongated stretch of land is the border between the NYMNPA & the Scarboro. (also a back corridor when town is congested)  

Forge Valley will be split between the Park Authority and the National Trust & some erm 'wannabees', yet another barrier?