Thursday 25th October 2013

After weeks of preparation by the team from JAMES and with the help of our Practical Tasks Group the QR Code posts are now in situ in the woods. The trail starts in Station Road and you need a smart phone to read the QR codes which start on the Notice Board and continue down to Judy Bridge. No smart phone? - no problem! click on this website to see what you're missing. Thanks to Denis Waudby for all his hard work on leading this project to fruition.



QR way point

JAMES digs Judy Woods - 26th June 2013

Ian's team help erect some of the 8 bird boxes in Low Wood which were made by the young people involved in the JAMES project.




Bird box

JAMES digs Judy Woods - Heritage Lottery Grant 2013

On the 29th May young people from all over Bradford will be part of the launch of the new Heritage Lottery Funded project in Judy Woods. The young people will have the opportunity to make bird and bat boxes for the area and participate in the picture orienteering trail set within the woods.

JAMES and The Friends of Judy Woods will work together on this project to present a range of environmental and archaeological learning. The project developed from JAMES young people and their links with the Friends of Judy Woods group will produce a QR code information trail in the woods. The young people and will undertake a range of heritage based activities including; dry-stone walling, archeological digs, research on local flora and fauna, and traditional lifestyles within the woods. The group will then design and produce internet based information and games which will inspire and encourage young people to learn and find out more about the local heritage.   
Judy Woods has served the local community in a variety of ways, with a range of archaeological and environmental landscape modifications for hundreds of years. It has been noted in documents back to 1295. In the 19th century the iron works on the site was famous the world over. It manufactured some of the cannons used at the Battle of Waterloo and railways engineers specified Low Moor Iron to be used for the wheels of their engines as it was of such high quality.

We will also look at the environmental history of the woods; the flora and fauna and how it has changed over the centuries. Plus the impact of industry such as, coal mining and how that impacted environmentally on the area.

James   Lottery

Tinker's Trail - Community Spaces Grant 2009

Our new Access for All path is named in memory of the late Barrie Tinker, Bradford Council's principal parks and landscape manager and a true friend of Judy Woods.
The new gates which give access to wheelchairs and motorised scooters have also been installed. Disabled Access to the trail is via Ullswater Drive off Meadway, Woodside




The Tinkers Trail project has been funded through the Community Spaces programme.  The Community Spaces grants programme is being managed by Groundwork UK as an Award Partner to the Big Lottery Fund.  Community Spaces is part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces initiative.


The Routes of Judy Woods 2005

Unfortunately, the Friends of Judy Woods was unsuccessful with its bid to the Peoples Millions, but thank you to all the individuals and groups who have supported our TV appearance! We are now looking at a number of ways to undertake this project, so hopefully we will improve the paths in Judy Woods!
We lost out to Heeley City Farm, but their training arm - Sheffield Environmental and Horticultural Training (SEHT) contacted us after the competition and offered to come over with a team of their NVQ students and undertake some path repair. This three day task took place at the end of February and reinstated the drainage and path before and over Judy Bridge. The students did a fantastic job and it was a great partnership project involving SEHT, FoJW, Royds and the Council.



Foreground: Two members from SEHT
Background: Sal Bullimore from Royds and Denis Waudby from the Friends.

Here Mary Twentyman speaks with a television crew from Calendar during the filming of our bid. It threw it down all day!

The Judy Woods Project 2000

The Judy Woods Project was jointly funded by the Royds Community Association and a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative. It is a partnership between Royds, other groups and local people.

The Local Heritage Initiative (LHI. Please see 'Links' page) is a national grant scheme that helps local groups to investigate, explain and care for their local landscape, landmarks, traditions and culture. The grant is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, but the scheme is a partnership, administered by the Countryside Agency with additional funding from the Nationwide Building Society.

It funded the following items:

- A wheelchair accessible path from the Station Road entrance (see right)

- A programme of environmental education activities

- A collection of local history and folklore, especially from local people

- A Family Fun Day in 2001

- A booklet about the woods

- A leaflet about the woods, which also includes the current events programme

- Fixed signs in the woods, which highlight features of interest, for example, a bell pit



'The Judy Woods Project' and 'The Roots of Judy Woods' was funded by the Local Heritage Initiative (LHI), which is a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency