Site: Warcocks Green
Location: Sough Lane, off Haslingden Old Road, Oswaldtwistle
Grid Reference: SD 7150 2683
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.
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
WARCOCK’S GREEN – HERITAGE BACKGROUND
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