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 new website is up and running!

It just needs a few tweaks to bring it up to date and once ready this website will close.

Please save our new website address 


You can also find us on our official Facebook page click here

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DECOUPAGE WORKSHOP Saturday 22nd June 1.30 – 3.30 pm. £20 per person

Design your own Decoupage pot with Easy Peasy Workshops.

It is an afternoon workshop suitable for beginners.  Booking Essential

To book please phone or text  07805 850531


NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME (NGS) OPEN DAY Sunday 30th June 11am to 4pm.

Please Note – change to advertised event

Unfortunately the advertised garden opening at 89 Derby Street Ormskirk will not take place.  There will be just 2 gardens opening on 30th June.  The NGS Handbook and leaflet now contain incorrect information.  The revised information and admission price is as follows:

Combined garden admission (ourselves and 1 other garden in Ormskirk) £4 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.  


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.    


Information –

Our Privacy Policy has been updated to show:

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.



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)

2.6.24 – Home Page – Events Decoupage Workshop added

12.5.24 – Home Page – Events – revised information re NGS event

8.4.24 – About Us page – Privacy Policy – new website details entered in policy and dated

1.4.24 – Home Page – Easter opening details removed

28.3.24 – Home Page – new website update and link.  Easter opening information

11.3.24 – Home Page – events – snowdrop season and decoupage workshops deleted

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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