Woodthorpe Green & Play Area
Woodthorpe Field and Play Area located in the centre of Woodthorpe, close to the local shops and public house, is very popular with children of all ages. With small goal posts for the football enthusiast, well maintained grass and trees often frequented by responsible dog walkers (dog waste bins at both ends of the field) and a young children secure play area for the toddlers.
Chapman's Pond occupies a former clay pit site, where the excavated clay was used for brick making. When the digging of clay ceased the pit quickly flooded creating the pond we see today. The original clay pit was much larger, but over the years it has been partially filled in by the dumping of brick rubble and soil. In recent times the pond has been left to itself, and the wildlife has moved in.
Chapman's Pond is owned by York City Council but is looked after by the local residents through the Friends of Chapman's Pond. Their work has made this special area a beautiful place to visit for walks and picnics, where there is an abundance of plant and wildlife to enjoy. The pond has always been very popular with anglers and the species of fish present are Roach, Bream, Perch, Tench and Pike.
New members are always welcome to help with the conservation of this special area.
Acomb Wood is a small woodland which makes a welcome break in an otherwise urban landscape. Acomb Wood Drive dissects this site from the larger part of the wood to the east. The greater spotted woodpecker, tawny owls and tree creepers have been spotted here. Very popular with responsible dog walkers (dog waste bins are located at all entrances to the woods). An abundance of plant and wildlife make it an ideal place for walking off the Sunday lunch.
For more information about the site or how to get involved, contact the Friends of Acomb Wood by telephoning the Parks and Open Spaces team on Tel: 01904 553440.