Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods

Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods form a unique area of ancient woodland and open ground, totalling 76.86 hectares, located in the centre of Corby


About Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods

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 2 woods are now largely isolated from other notable ecological features (such as Carlton Purlieus Wood to the south west or Rockingham Wood to the north).

Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods provide an attractive backdrop to Corby town centre and are highly visible from key routes into the town.

It is managed on a day to day basis by the councils woodland rangers and the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood Group, which is made up of over 100 local volunteers committed to raising the standard and protecting the woodland.

The Management Team are responsible for completing all objectives set in our Management Plan. For example, the Plan proposes to introduce small scale thinning and coppicing whilst intensifying and delivering positive biodiversity outcomes to encourage the development of a diverse woodland structure.

Approximately 42 hectares have been coppiced, accomplished through the assistance of local volunteers, the Friends of Hazel and Thoroughsale, local school children and young people, and a range of community groups and businesses.

Last updated 27 April 2022