Rushton House Farm

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

Description

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.

Condition Assessment

Rushton House Farm Woodland Assessment

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