The Friends of Dean Wood (FODW) have been involved in looking after the Wood since before 2001. Many improvements have been made to footpaths throughout the wood, access has been improved and a bridge over Dean Brook. Work parties are held throughout the year when these improvements are underetaken. Litter has been collected. Biodiversity has been encouraged by the installation of bat and bird boxes and shrubs have been planted to attract wildlife.
Other events including stream dipping, a fungus foray, a dawn chorus walk and many more have been held.
A successful Discovery Day was held in conjunction with the Environmental Alliance in October 2013.
The friends are a group of mainly local residents who are concerned for the wellbeing of the wood and want to make it more friendly to users and to conserve valuable natural habitats.
is situated between Netherton and South Crosland, Huddersfield