Site: Rushton House Farm
Location: Adjacent to Fielding Lane / Broadfield, Oswaldtwistle
Grid Reference: SD 7492 2655
Size of site: 1.83 hectares
Initial Planting Year: 1965 Age: 55 years
The woodland sits on the site of a disused pottery clay workings and was planted in 1965. There is a mixture of tree species (lodgepole pine and broadleaf) on an undulating terrain from previous workings. There's a lot of holly regeneration but the site also suffers from Himalayan Balsam along the roadside boundary and some small stands of Japanese Knotweed. Both are being managed to eradicate them
The woodland has a long (250 metres) road frontage and the rear boundary is farmland. There are two ponds on the site, one silted up and the other actively fished by a local angling group.
There is a short stretch of footpath along the southern boundary. Overall, an undisturbed woodland with potential for habitat protection and development and increased diversification of tree species.