Elam Wood is located on the eastern flank of the Aire valley approximately 1 km north of the town of Keighley. It slopes from east to west, the upper eastern boundary is pasture, the lower is the Leeds Liverpool canal. It is one of a number of woods that form a patchwork of connected woodlands in this part of the valley
There are no written management records for the wood, however there is much evidence of coal mining in the form of small spoil heaps and depressions. These are known to date from the mid nineteenth century. Trees growing on these sites appear to have been planted on the abandoned workings.
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