A GROUP with a passion for protecting woodland has been asking people's views.
A questionnaire was jointly commissioned by Bradley- based Woodscape, a group of local volunteers concerned with woodland, and Kirklees Council.
The survey and a £250 prize draw - won by Simone McGough, of Fixby - were paid for with cash from the Local Heritage Initiative and the council.
Woodscape chairman Dan Ilsley said nearly everyone (90%) who replied to the survey about the 127 acres of Bradley Gate and Upper and Lower Fell Greave woods thought the woodlands were an asset for the community.
The main reasons were that they preserved a rural environment, stopped development and provided a green space with the chance to enjoy peace and quiet. Mr Ilsley said: "These findings are no surprise to Woodscape.
"Having such a large woodland close to the heart of the town provides many local people with the chance to enjoy nature virtually on their doorsteps.
"As there has been woodland on this site since at least 1640 it is a strong element of Huddersfield's heritage."
About two-thirds of people said they would visit the woodlands more often if improvements were made.
Improvement ideas ranged from protecting the woodlands, improving the footpaths, and clear signposting.
The factors most likely to put people off visiting the woodlands were fear for their personal safety, followed by vandalism and litter.
Mr Ilsley said: "Woodscape is determined that the woodlands should be improved so that local people and wildlife can enjoy them to their full potential.
"The results of this survey will be used - along with archaeological, access and ecological surveys - to draw up a long-term plan for the woodland.
"Woodscape will then be working to get cash and undertaking practical work to bring the plans to fruition."
If you would like more information about Woodscape, or would like to help by getting involved, please contact Betty Turner on 01484 532594 or email email@example.com