Clinkham Wood

Some steep, mostly unsurfaced paths.

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Clinkham Wood Local Nature Reserve is located in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens bordering Windermere playing fields, Clinkham Wood estate and private housing on Moss Bank. It is a large urban clough of mixed woodland covering an area of approximately eight hectares and is designated a Site of Community Wildlife Interest.

Clinkham Wood contains a meadow, informal paths, seating, a spring-fed stream, glade areas and large drifts of bluebells in flower each spring. The site has been a green space since the Industrial Revolution.

The site is managed by a dedicated volunteer group of local residents, who work in partnership with numerous organisations and local community groups to organise a range of annual community events within the woodland. The group also undertake various practical conservation tasks, and have helped develop a sensory trail, sculpture trail, woodland paths, tree planting and conservation of the spectacular display of bluebells. The group were successful in securing a Local Heritage award to enable the Friends and the local community to identify, photograph, record and document the extent of the flora and fauna of the Local Nature Reserve, and create a leaflet for the community woodland.

To find out how to get involved, click here.

Planted here: Hawthorn
Crataegus, the latin name for Hawthorn, is derived from the Greek word for strength, due to the strength of the wood, and the word for sharp, due to the sharp thorns! It's considered unlucky to take Hawthorn blooms into the house.