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 subscription supporters and volunteers so you can find information about how to subscribe, 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.
Our website is being updated, a new website is under development
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DATES FOR YOUR 2024 DIARY:
NEW EVENT: DECOUPAGE WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS. Saturday 9th March
Have you ever wanted to try decoupage – well here is your chance!
We are pleased to welcome Easy Peasy Workshops who will be running 2 beginner level workshops at Gorse Hill Cabin on Saturday 9th March to design your own decoupage plant pot.
£15 a head including all materials and refreshments. All proceeds are for our nature reserve.
Morning session 10am – 12pm Afternoon sessions 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Places are limited so booking is essential. To book please phone 07805 850 531
SNOWDROP SEASON. From Sunday 4th February.
Now that our Cabin Café is open every Sunday from 1pm to 4om we are not holding our usual Snowdrop Sunday as a one-off event. You can come and enjoy our snowdrops in Cabin Wood any Wednesday or Saturday between 9.30am and 4pm or take advantage of our Sunday café from 1pm. As usual admission is free and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
BLOSSOM AND BLUEBELL Sunday 28th April 12 noon to 4pm.
Cabin Wood will be open as usual and our Cabin Café will be selling tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes. There will be a free guided walk from 1pm taking you down to Bluebell Wood to see our display of English Bluebells and also to our Heritage Apple Orchard to enjoy the apple blossom.
Please note – The walk will be on uneven ground with no hard paths and part of the walk will be in single file through woodland.
Admission and car parking are free, dogs on leads are welcome. Donations are welcome.
MOTH AND NEWT NIGHT Saturday 1st June 10pm to midnight.
Adults £10 children £5. This includes refreshments. Payment by cash or card on the night.
Booking is essential for this event – we need to gauge numbers for safety reasons on the pond boardwalk. A contact number will also be needed in case we have to cancel the event for some reason. In 2023 we had to cancel the event on the night due to a thunderstorm!
A chance to see our Smooth, Palmate and Great-crested newts in Seldom Pond and enjoy catching a wide variety of moths in our moth traps.
Just phone or text Jonathan on 07761 212 636 or email email@example.com with your name, address, contact number and numbers of adults and children attending.
NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME (NGS) OPEN DAY Sunday 30th June 11am to 4pm.
Combined garden admission (ourselves and 2 gardens in Ormskirk) £5 per adult. Children free. Free car parking. The admission price will go to NGS charities all other donations, sales and refreshments at Gorse Hill will be for our own charity supporting our Nature Reserve.
Our Cabin Café will be open selling tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Cabin Wood and our wildflower meadow will be open for you to enjoy.
We are opening again this year with the beautiful gardens of Brian and Marian Jones of 72 Ludlow Drive Ormskirk L39 1LF and, new for this year, with the gardens of Ian Murray of 89 Derby Street Ormskirk L39 2BW. All our details, together with other NGS gardens, are in the NGS 2024 Handbook and leaflets available soon.
APPLE WEEKEND 21st and 22nd September.
More details to follow.
Our Cabin Café is open Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm.
Refreshments of tea, coffee and cake will be on sale and Cabin Wood will also be open for you to stroll around.
Admission and car parking are free. Dogs on leads are welcome.
We look forward to seeing you.
We are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that visitors can enjoy walking around Cabin Wood and the adjacent meadow.
We can now accept debit or credit card payments so when you visit it is easier for you to join as a supporter, renew your subscription or buy any of our items for sale.
Visit our Information and Sales Centre to see what we have
Seasonal produce on sale, grown in our own polytunnels.
Gorse Hill Orchards Apple Juice only £3.00 for a 500 ml bottle. Our delicious pasteurised pure apple juice is made from our Heritage Apples grown in our orchards.
Small Bale Hay. Good quality small bale hay £5 a bale. We can deliver. Call Jonathan for details on 07761 212636
Bird Seed. Good quality Wild Bird Feeder Seed 2.5 kg bag £4.00
Kindling. £6 per net bag (When available)
Solitary Bee Houses – provide a home for these essential garden pollinators. Now only £20
LATEST UPDATES (last six months)
20.2.24 – Home Page – events – Decoupage workshops
26.1.24 – Home Page – 2024 events added
18.12.23 – Home Page – Café information, delete December Santa event
3.12.23 – Home Page – December
16.10.23 – Home Page – advert for sale of logs removed, we currently do not have any available
2.10.23 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – Apple Weekend
13.9.23 – Home Page – Café opening from 8 October
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