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Smithy Wood near Chapeltown on the outskirts of Sheffield has appeared on maps for hundreds of years. Once much larger than it appears today, it existed for many years as coppiced woodland, carefully looked after to provide timber for nearby homes and businesses. Photograph: Sheffield Newspapers

Initially split in four by the construction of the M1 in the 1960s, throughout the years it has survived mining, electricity cable encroachment and even a fairly extensive fire.

The proposal

A developer has put forward a planning application to build a motorway service area in the middle of Smithy Wood. Comprising a hotel, shops and a parking area, around 20 acres of the woodland would be cut down.

We are not against the provision of a new service station, but we do not agree that ancient woodland is an appropriate place to build it.

Nat Johnson

Nat Johnson - Sheffield musician

"To build on this beautiful ancient woodland when a better alternative is available would be a terrible shame. Please support the Woodland Trust's campaign to protect this land for the birds and other wildlife that call it home, as well as the people who can go there to enjoy it."

Take action!

  • Object to the planning application on the grounds that over 8 ha of ancient woodland will be destroyed which is irreplaceable habitat.
  • Make a donation to help us raise £25,000 to provide the expert staff we need to support the community in fighting to protect Smithy Wood.
  • Send us your photographs, stories and memories to support an application to give Smithy Wood ‘Village Green’ status. They will show how much the local community values and loves Smithy Wood.
  • Sign our petition to urge the developers to build elsewhere, on a site that would not destroy ancient woodland.

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Over 20 acres of ancient woodland are under threat from a motorway service station.

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