Welcome to the Northwest Ecological Trust website. Here you will find information about our work developing and managing Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, its wildlife and habitats, various surveys, latest news and how to find us.
The Trust values and relies upon its members and volunteers so you can find information about how to join, how to become a volunteer and the sorts of things you can do.
This website is regularly updated so please keep checking as we will be adding more information about the flora and fauna of Gorse Hill, latest news and more photos.
You can also find us on our official facebook page click here
You can now follow us on twitter click here
Saturday 27 January and Saturday 3 February ‘Pruning Days’ in our Heritage Orchard.
Learn a new skill or share your pruning skills and help us prune our Heritage fruit trees. Sessions are from 10 am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm each day, you can come for just one session or stay for the day. Please bring your own sharp secateurs if you have them.
If you are staying for the day please bring your own lunch, we’ll provide the tea and coffee. Please be aware that the ground in the orchard is uneven and will probably be wet underfoot so please wear suitable footwear. Although there is no charge for these days donations are welcome.
18 February Snowdrop Sunday.
Come and enjoy our display of snowdrops in Cabin Wood and visit the Cabin Café for tea/coffee and homemade cakes. We will be open from 12 noon – 4.30 pm. Admission and car parking are free, refreshments will be on sale. Donations are welcome.
Saturday 19 May – Dawn Chorus 3.45 – 8am £5 per person
Come and experience the magic of hearing the first bird song as dawn is breaking. Whether you are new to bird watching or an experienced ‘birder’ it is always a memorable experience.
The walk through the Reserve will be led by Graham Clarkson who will identify the birds you hear and see and answer any of your questions. Warm outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended as the weather can be cold in the early morning.
Car parking is free and the price includes a bacon barm breakfast.
Please book your place – we will need a contact phone number (just in case adverse weather conditions cause cancellation).
To book please call/text Jonathan on 07761 212636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call in at the Cabin any Wednesday or Saturday.
Events for 2018 are still being planned and will be added here so please keep checking for updates.
6 September 2017 – We have dessert and culinary apples for sale. Please call in any Wednesday or Saturday to see our available selection.
Logs £45 (including local delivery) for a bulk bag or £3 per mesh bag.
Good quality small bale hay £4 per bale.
Call Jonathan on 0776 212636
LATEST UPDATES (last six months)
19.11.17 – Home page – event section – 2018 programme added
11.10.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Apple Weekend 7th & 8th October – shame about the weather!
9.10.17 – Home Page – event section edited, apple juice for sale advert added
6.9.17 – Home page – apples for sale advert
6.8.17 – Home page – Apple weekend details added. Gorse Hill page opening times amended.
19.7.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – An overdue catch up!
Home page – items for sale
31.3.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Spring has well and truly sprung and some surprise finds!
5.3.17 – Home Page 2017 events updated
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