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.
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EVENTS FOR 2022
Late Night Nature!
Moth and Newt Night Saturday 11 June 10 pm – midnight
Please book for this event phone Jonathan on 07761 212636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and please provide a contact number. Payment by cash or card on the night.
A late night starting at 10pm but a chance to see our Smooth, Palmate and of course our rare Great-crested newts in Seldom Pond. We will also have moth traps running attracting a variety of colourful moths.
Only £10 per adult and £5 for children including refreshments.
Please bring a torch as the paths into and around the wood are dark. Non LED torches are best to see the newts in the water but we do have special torches for this.
National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Day Sunday 10th July 2022.
Open 11am – 4pm.
Combined garden admission £5 per adult, children free
Free car parking
Following the success of our opening this year under the NGS, we are again combining opening Cabin Wood and our wildflower meadow with the beautiful gardens of Brian and Marian Jones of 72 Ludlow Drive Ormskirk L39 1LF.
Our Cabin Café will be open selling refreshments of tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes.
The combined garden admission price of £5 will be for the NGS charities, all other donations, sales and refreshments at Gorse Hill will be for our own charity supporting our Nature Reserve.
Apple Weekend 1st and 2nd October 11 am to 4pm.
Come and join our apple harvest celebration. There will be apples to taste and apples to buy all grown in our Heritage Orchard. We will have our own apple juice for sale. There will also be guided tours of our Heritage Orchard.
Refreshments will also be available in our Cabin Café.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Admission and car parking are free. Donations welcome.
Our 2022 event programme is still under development and will be advertised here.
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
Gorse Hill Orchards Apple Juice only £2.50 for a 500 ml bottle. Our delicious pasteurised pure apple juice is made from our Heritage Apples grown in our orchards.
Air dried logs £65 per tonne bag free delivery within 5 mile radius of Gorse Hill.
Small logs £3 per net bag
Call Jonathan for details on 07761 212636
Small Bale Hay. Good quality small bale hay £5 a bale ready. We can deliver. Call Jonathan for details on 07761 212636
Bird Seed. Good quality Wild Bird Feeder Seed 2.5 kg bag £3.50
Kindling. £4 per net bag
LATEST UPDATES (last six months)
25.5.22 – Home Page – Moth and Newt Night and Apple Weekend events added
25.4.22 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – Wonderful videos and our Cabin gets an update
6.4.22 – Home Page – Blossom and Bluebell Sunday event added
18.2.22 – Home Page – new header image, snowdrop event deleted
20.12.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – The Magic of Narnia. Home Page – 2022 events
18.11.21 – Home Page – Narnia Christmas Event
13.11.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – From our Silver Jubilee to the Golden Jubilee Gate
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