Sence Valley Forest Park

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Sence Valley Forest Park

Sence Valley Forest Park

From 1982 to 1996 this section of Sence Valley formed part of a large opencast mining area which covered appoximately 186 hectares (460 acres). During this period approximately 8 million tonnes of coals was extracted from the site for use as fuel in the power industry. In 1996 when coal extraction had finished the soil was compacted, cultivated and a drainage system installed. 60 hectares (150 acres) were given over to Leicestershire County Council to form the forest park and in the winter of 1998 around 98,000 trees were planted to restore the landscape that we see here today.
Sence Valley Forest Park is a superb transformation of a disused opencast colliery into a diverse wildlife haven. Planted with over 98,000 trees this site was opened to the public in September 1998 as part of The National Forest scheme. The park contains woodland, wildflower meadow and lakes that are fed from the River Sence..This varied habitat creation has produced records for over150 bird species.
Sand martins use the artificial nesting wall , breeding little-ringed plover pictured ,and the water areas hold a variety of migrant waders and waterbirds.

Opening Times. Free admission. Car park opens daily from 8.30am till dusk. See signs in car park for closing times.

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