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Big Wood, Runcorn

A Woodland Trust wood

Big Wood, Runcorn

9.24 ha (22.83 acres)
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OS map sheets:
Explorer 276
OS Landranger 108
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Features and attractions

  • Parking less than 500m away
  • Information on site
  • Mixed woodland
  • Special wildlife interest
  • Well worth a visit
  • Bluebells
  • Spring colour

Big Wood is predominately broadleaf woodland with sycamore, oak, Silver birch, ash, alder, rowan and cherry and pines on the higher ground to the east. It is home to a variety of wildlife including birds, grey squirrels and foxes. It was once part of the Norton Priory estate owned by the Brooke family who created a formal landscaped pleasure garden in the woodland with surfaced paths, pond and ditches, ha-ha wall and planted a variety of ornamental species including monkey puzzle, dawn redwood and sugar maple. Today, it’s a tranquil haven where you can escape the hubbub of town, look out for wildlife, and enjoy the changing seasons.  The wood becomes carpeted with bluebells in the spring.