Hough Mill open 2-5pm every Sunday from 7th April . . . . . . . . The Trust is leading four walks in the National Forest Walking Festival 18th-30th May - see Diary . . . . . . . . Swannington History pages updated with details of the school and public houses . . . . . . . .

Although our sites are former coal mines and railway lines, they are good examples of how industrial heritage can be retained while managing the sites as woodlands and nature reserves. Our working methods are as environmentally friendly as possible, such as using brash to make dead hedges and only burning it as the last resort.

Some areas, especially those around ponds are deliberately left to grow long and wild, thus providing a habitat for newts and other creatures. Likewise in many areas the team mows paths through grass or flowers. Time is spent raking leaves so that the grass and flowers can grow.