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Grappenhall Wood is located in the green belt to the south side of the village of Grappenhall in Warrington. The site is community woodland planted as part of the Woodland Trust's millennium project 'Woods on Your Doorstep'. Prior to the Trust's ownership the site was arable farmland. It was purchased with help from the local community, the Millennium Commission and The Mersey Forest in late 1997. Following a comprehensive community consultation, the site was planted in the winter of 1998/99. The wood has close links with other local Woodland Trust sites, most notably Grappenhall Heys and Grappenhall Heys Shelterbelt which lie less than a kilometre to the west.
The wood has two public access points, one off Broad Lane (including management access) and one off a public footpath (along Australia Lane) from Grappenhall. Approximately 1.4km of footpath are maintained, giving access to the whole site, including suitably located benches, a recently restored pond, and the Millennium Feature called 'The Wizard of The Woods' which is a wooden sculpture that was created by Grappenhall Special School and the artist Paul Noon.
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