Severus Hill, Acomb, a Green Lung for the City

Severus Hill in York is a place of environmental, natural and historical significance. A mile outside of the city walls it stands 35 metres above sea level in the community of Holgate. 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.