18th February 2020

The Pendle Hill landscape partnership is drawing up plans to improve the visitor information building at the popular Spring Wood picnic site just outside Whalley, and we need your help to decide on priorities.

Working with Lancashire County Council countryside service, who manage the site, the landscape partnership are hoping to update and improve the building which has been largely closed since the service was re-organised a few years ago. The landscape partnership hope that the visitor centre and woodland will become one of four key gateways to the Pendle Hill landscape and will help deliver our aims of re-connecting people to their landscape and their heritage. We already run the popular Little Saplings outdoor toddler group at Spring Wood twice a month, and many other outdoor groups meet there or use the site for learning and recreation. Close to 50,000 visitors come to Spring Wood each year.

The plan is to create a permanent refreshment kiosk inside the building, which will then be open for visitors to find out more about the Spring Wood site and the surrounding area. The current information room will be redesigned and new interpretation created to help people learn more about this pretty patch of woodland and the wildlife that lives there. People can also find out about how to get involved with the Friends of Spring Wood: volunteers who meet monthly and care for the site.

A survey to gather feedback on the building and woodland picnic area is currently being carried out on site and on-line and you can have your say by answering a few short questions and contributing any comments here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y57SWHG  

We hope to secure funds later this year and to undertake the building refurbishment works early in 2021.