Rabbit Ings Country Park


Rabbit Ings, Country Park, Lundhill Lane, Royston, S71 4BB

Who we are

Rabbit Ings is a Country Park just outside Royston. With organised activities and events for the whole community and we also provide education about wildlife and green spaces.


Rabbit Ings is a country park just outside of Royston, near Barnsley. Groundwork South Yorkshire manages the park on behalf of the Land Trust and provides Park Rangers and a bank of volunteers to manage the site proactively and oversee the day-to-day running whilst engaging with local communities.

Rabbit Ings is located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 76-hectare site officially opened in 2011 and is equivalent to 106 full-size football pitches! Rabbit Ings Country Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including newts, snakes, herons and deer. 

Groundwork’s team at Rabbit Ings routinely plan events and activities for the community and focus their time on educating children and young people from local schools. The aim of these school trips is to teach young people about wildlife, green spaces and local history. 

Volunteering - Volunteers are important to the management of Rabbit Ings Country Park. However much time you have, or wherever your skills lie, there are many ways in which you can help. Just fill out the volunteer form on our website & we will be in touch! 

If you just want to appreciate your local countryside, please come and visit us.

Contact Details

Contact name: Michael Birkinshaw

Email address: rabbitings@groundwork.org.uk

Phone number: 01226 740077

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Address: Rabbit Ings Country Park, Former Monckton Colliery and Royston Drift Mine, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4BG


Address details:

Rabbit Ings, Country Park, Lundhill Lane, Royston, S71 4BB

Published: 09 August 2019