Warcocks Green Woodland

Site:                                 Warcocks Green

Location:                        Sough Lane, off Haslingden Old Road, Oswaldtwistle

Grid Reference:            SD 7150 2683

What3Words:               riding.face.shut

Nearest Postcode:       BB1 2RJ

Owner:                           Lancashire County Council

Size of site:                    2.94 hectares

Initial Planting Year:  1965                        Age: 55 years

General comments about the site

This site is an undulating former sand and gravel workings planted in 1965 by Lancashire County Council following reclamation.  The site is predominantly lodgepole pine towards the west of the woodland and broadleaf to the east.  The site adjoins the M65 making it rather noisy.  A rather isolated site.  There is a small pond on the motorway side.  The site suffers from anti-social off-road motorbikes and also has Himalayan Balsam on along the Sough Lane side.

Condition Assessment

Warcocks Green Woodland Assessment

Species of Trees and Shrubs recorded on site: Alder, Birch, Pine, Sycamore, Horse Chestnut, Elder, Holly, Rowan, Norway Maple

Species of Plants recorded on site: Broad Buckler-fern, Himalayan balsam, Bramble, Common Bent, Soft-rush, Rosebay Willowherb and Yorkshire-fog.

Species of Bird observed on site: tawny owl, wood pigeon, carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, tree sparrow, dunnock, wren7


The site was originally acquired by LCC from Sir Robert Peel and other private individuals.

It was originally used for sand and gravel extraction for the local construction industry.

The local area is given over mainly to agriculture.  Nearby Warcock Green Farm dates from the late 1700s but a green lane running next to the property is dated to the medieval period.

Timber Volume and Tree Number Survey

WARCOCKS tree & timber estimates 2023

Warcocks Green Sign
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