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Woodlands - Bold Forest Park


Over the last fifteen years, this area of south St Helens has been transformed from an unsightly collection of brownfield land surrounding a failing coal mine into a budding Forest Park. Already the sites, which straddle the M62, form a highly attractive gateway to Merseyside and a valuable natural resource for the local population. As the woodlands mature and the sites are developed the area could turn into a tourist destination, perhaps with an extreme sports focus. One of the sites, Sutton Manor, also became a national landmark when a giant sculpture was erected on its peak.

Click here to discover a route around the site.

The sites that make up the Forest Park are:

Griffin Wood is managed by a voluntary group. Click here to find out how to get involved.

Trees at Griffin Wood, Maypole, Sutton Manor and Wheatacre can be dedicated to loved ones through the Dedicate a Tree scheme. Click here for more information. Visited this Forest Park? Let us know what you think! Send your reviews and comments to mail@merseyforest.org.uk.

Exploring further afield

Nearby walking routes: St Helens Canal, Pex Hill
Nearby places to visit: The World of Glass, North West Museum of Road Transport, Rainhill Trials Exhibition, Carr Mill Dam, Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot Museum, Smithy Heritage Centre


Parking (at Clockface Country Park, Wheatacre and Colliers Moss Common).


Some steep but mostly well surfaced paths.

How to get there

Get directions to this woodland by public transport or by car using Red Planet Travel


The Mersey Forest team: 01925 816217

An area that has been transformed by the creation of several woodland sites, and plays host to Britain's latest big public art project.