64.37 ha (159.06 acres)

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Raincliffe and Forge Valley Woods are the largest community managed woodland in England. The woodland is one of North Yorkshire’s key living landscapes linking the river Derwent catchment with the north riding forests and the coast, and is part of a wider nature recovery network for the region. The 222 hectare woodland on the edge of Scarborough borders some of the most socio-economically deprived communities in North Yorkshire, yet comprises a National Nature Reserve, has extensive designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is home to nationally rare flora and fauna. It also contains over 200 historic environment and built heritage features including ancient charcoal pits, holloways and overstood coppice covering 4,000 years of human interaction with the landscape. The woodland also provides a sanctuary for people looking to escape the stresses and pressures of modern life, contributing to the improved health and wellbeing of our communities.

These woodlands are managed by Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise as a community business owned and run by local people to provide environmental, social and economic benefits for the local community long into the future. The Not-for-Profit business is held within a Community Interest Company, registered at Companies House.