Hindley’s Borsdane Wood has been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 ancient woodlands to be dedicated to the Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s Green Canopy recently announced the network of 70 ancient woodlands and 70 ancient trees across the UK which will form part of the ancient canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. The initiative was launched by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, who is Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy, under one of the ancient tree dedications – the old Sycamore located at Dumfries House in Scotland.
Borsdane Wood in Hindley was one of the first locations to be designated as a nature reserve by the three former urban district councils of Aspull, Hindley and Westhoughton (circa 1932).
It was used as a musket range from the Napoleonic war to the First World War and was also heavily industrialised with a small village, which remained until the 1950s. The early history of the nature reserve, before modern conservation, led to the planting of some exotic tree species and old style, unique daffodils which are now a key feature of the wood.
It is one of Wigan Borough’s two ancient woodlands and a fine example of western hanging oak wood. Established over hundreds of years, the chosen woodlands and trees represent the diverse canopy of the four nations, it is a celebration of our living heritage. All the woodlands and trees have a story to tell. Some are famous specimens and others have local significance.
These ancient natural spaces hold significance and meaning for so many people in many different ways. They are symbols of community pride, places to connect socially and vital spaces for health and wellbeing activities.
By sharing the stories behind the ancient woodlands and trees, as well as the incredible efforts that are made to protect them, The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations.