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Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods

HAZEL AND THOROUGHSALE WOODS - has been awarded the Green Flag Award Winners for 2014 - 2015.  They have met the international standard in the following areas:

  - A welcoming place   - Healthy safe and secure                 
  - Clean and well maintained   - Sustainability
                - Conservation and heritage   - Community involvement  
  - Marketing   - Management  


Well done and a special thank you to the volunteers.  Without your dedication and commitment, this award would not of been achieved.

Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods form a unique area of ancient woodland and open ground, totalling 76.86ha, located in the centre of Corby. Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods used to lie at the centre of an extensive network of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland (ASNW) which extended to the north and south to form Rockingham Forest.  Following the growth of Corby in the early and mid-20th Century the two woods are now largely isolated from other notable ecological features (e.g. Carlton Purlieus Wood to the south west or Rockingham Wood to the north).

Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods are a strong characterising element within Corby town centre, and are highly visible from key routes, including Westcott Way, Cottingham Road, Willow Brook Road and Jubilee Avenue.  As such they provide an attractive, green gateway to Corby town centre from the west.

The woods also provide an attractive backdrop to the town centre and are clearly visible from George Street, in addition to the new Willow Place shopping centre.

They will also be a strong characterising element to the new Parkland Gateway development and the visual interaction of the woodland edge with the built components will be a key consideration.

It is managed on a day to day basis by staff from the council and the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood Group, which is made up of over 30 local volunteers committed to raising the standard and protecting the woodland. If you would like to become a volunteer click here for more information and a member of our team will contact you.

Corporate Business Opportunities - The Corby Woodland Project Team is able to provide training and team building opportunities that will inspire and motivate your team click here for more information.

Our Woodland Ranger is responsible for all operational tasks in our woodlands and can be found at The Log Cabin in the Boating Lake car park, if any members of the public have any questions. The Management Team are responsible for completing all objectives set in our Management Plan, for example to encourage the development of a diverse woodland structure in all compartments, the Plan proposes to introduce small scale thinning and coppicing whilst intensifying and delivering positive biodiversity outcomes. By March 2015, a total area of 16hectares will be coppiced, accomplished through the assistance of local volunteers, the Friends of Hazel and Thoroughsale, local school children and young people, an adult special needs group and a further education group - click here to read the Executive Summary of our Management Plan.

Our volunteers are dedicated to preserving and raising the standard of our woodlands and meet every day at 10am at the Boating Lake Café car park to undertake a range of exciting conservation work.

Corby Borough Council with partners have recognised the need and the opportunity to transform Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods into a vibrant, safe attractive and well-managed green asset for it’s community to enjoy and to conserve it’s wildlife.

To support the restoration of this area of parkland a comprehensive Woodland Management Plan was drafted by Corby Borough Council with assistance from Lockhart Garratt Ltd in 2009. This document and the programme of works it sets out how have already begun.

For further information please click on one of the links below or call Culture & Leisure on 01536 464042.

  Friends of Groups
Coppicing Leaflet Outdoor Learning
Corporate Business Opportunities  


Lockhart Garratt Forestry Commission


Last updated: Tuesday 24th August 2021 11:17:18 AM
Review date: Friday 19th August 2022 11:16:58 AM