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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Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October Apple Weekend. 

Come and join us to celebrate our traditional heritage orchards.  There will be orchard tours, a variety of heritage culinary and dessert apples to buy and dessert apples to taste.  Demonstrations of apple juice production with fresh and pasteurised pure apple juice for sale.  There will be a café selling tea, coffee, juice and delicious homemade cakes.

Admission and car parking are free.  Donations welcome.  We look forward to seeing you




We are continuing to 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.    


Obviously there are restrictions due to Covid 19 and our priority is to keep our visitors and our volunteers safe.  


There is a notice displayed explaining the restrictions which include no access to the Cabin, toilets or bird hide.  There is a one way system in operation around the woodland and the meadow, all gates will be left open to avoid unnecessary contact.  We request that social distancing of 2 metres be observed at all times.


Please make sure you read the information notice when you arrive


We look forward to seeing you












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.



Solitary Bee House just £25. 

Solitary bees are non-aggressive and non-swarming.  They are wonderful garden pollinators.  Secure your box 1-2 meters high on a sunny, sheltered south, south-west facing wall, fence or tree.  Eggs are laid in a series of cells, capped with mud until the slot is full.  The larvae develop and over-winter in the slot and burrow their way out in the spring.  Low maintenance  –  the bees will clear out the slot before laying new eggs!



Air dried logs £65 per tonne bag free delivery within 5 mile radius of Gorse Hill.  Call Jonathan for details on 0776 212636



Small Bale Hay.  Good quality small bale hay £4 a bale ready soon.  We can deliver.  Call Jonathan for details on 0776 212636

Bird Seed.  Good quality Wild Bird Feeder Seed 2.5 kg bag £3.50

Kindling.  £3 per net bag











LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

30.7.21 – Home Page – NGS Day removed, Apple Weekend advertised, header image changed

18.6.21 – Home Page – NGS Event 

17.5.21 – Home Page – for sale adverts 

14.5.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – A belated award presentation, blossom galore and wildflowers to spot

13.5.21 – Home Page – minor amendment to Dawn Chorus wording.  Change of website header image

26.4.21 – Home Page – Dawn Chorus announcement

29.3.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – 24th March was a good day for photos and one plump little hedgehog!

17.3.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – More signs of Spring, curios lambs and watch out for the ‘deer’

6.3.21 – Home Page minor amendments to opening information and deletion of Snowdrop February advert

2.2.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – new 2121 front page.   What can you see in Cabin Wood? 











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