Bagworth Heath Woods

A 75ha reclaimed colliery site owned by Leicestershire County Council between Bagworth and Thornton. Part of the work has been funded through the Tender Scheme.

A series of subsidence flashes provide wetland habitats for wildfowl and aquatic plants. A pit wheel sits on an island in the centre of the largest pool as a reminder of the site's industrial past. 

The demonstration woodland on the upper slopes shows different techniques for woodland establishment and maintenance on reclaimed colliery spoil. One plot shows the growth which can be acheived with fast growing poplars, which can be harvested within 5 years to produce timber and energy.

An area to the east of the site near the railway line is earmarked for the creation of heathland as a contribution to the National Forest Biodiversity Action Plan.


  • Bus Service
  • Children's Play Area
  • Disabled Access
  • Grassy Paths
  • Information Centre
  • Parking
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Walking Trails

Location Map

Thornton Leicestershire