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Severus Hill


Flowers for Pollinators, Mixed Woodland

Severus Hill in Holgate is a place of environmental, natural and historical significance.
A mile outside of the city walls it stands 35 metres above sea level and visible from much of the surrounding area. Formed in the last ice age, with historical connections to Roman Emperors, the World War II blitz, and Victorian day trippers. The site has been locked up and left in recent years and nature has reclaimed, forming an island oasis – a green lung in the heart of York, providing a sanctuary for wildlife and nature to thrive. It contains calcareous grass, rare in the North, making it a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC).
The site is currently owned by Keyland Developments (linked to Yorkshire Water) however the site has recently been put up for sale. The Friends of Severus Hill are a community led not for profit organisation (awaiting Charitable status). There primary aim is to work towards the acquisition and further preservation of Severus Hill, ensuring its environmental, natural and historical significance are protected and celebrated for future generations.

Cared for by:
Currently untended – donate to community buyout by 30/05/2024

Things to help out with here:
Campaign and Support


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