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Warrington is criss-crossed with some of the Mersey Forest's most important green corridors such as the Manchester Ship Canal, the River Mersey, the Bridgewater Canal, and the Transpennine Trail.

The parkland, footpaths and woods of the Sankey Valley lead north to neighbouring St Helens. This New Town is getting greener as trees planted during its development reach maturity. The Mersey Forest is based within Warrington at the Risley Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Where can I visit?

Risley Moss is one of the last remaining fragments of the ancient raised bogs that once covered large areas of South Lancashire and North Cheshire. Climb the Observation Tower for a panoramic view of the mosslands at tree top height, or spend a few minutes watching wildlife from the Woodland Hide – in winter you may see twenty or more different bird species.


Moore Nature Reserve is a fantastic nature site situated between the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. The reserve's diverse habitats are home to many creatures which can be spotted from nine different dedicated observation points.


Sankey Valley is a 7-mile linear country park running along the route of the historic St Helens Canal. It includes a visitor centre and the Stanley Bank Nature Reserve, plus many footpaths and cycleways.


See more woodlands and walks in this area




What's been happening recently?

A school in Warrington is working with us as part of Green Learning Environments, an innovative European project that aims to utilise welcoming, eco-friendly outdoor settings for children with learning disabilities. 


Warrington people are also boosting their health and wellbeing by taking part in our Nature4Health initiative.


Read all the latest news about our work in Warrington.


What are the plans for the future?

View The Mersey Forest Plan summary for this area


What can I do to help locally?

In Warrington, The Mersey Forest works with a Friends of the woodland groups who are always keen to welcome new faces to help care for local woodlands:


Birchwood: Friends of Gorse Covert Mounds


Contact us for more details.


You can also get involved by renting a wood allotment. It's sociable, great exercise and a supreme stress-buster, as well as giving you a supply of locally-sourced firewood.


Become a supporter of The Mersey Forest

A great way to help us prove that people value their local woodlands is to add your name to our list of supporters. You can also receive news, events and goodies with our optional e-newsletter..



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