Brereton Heath Country Park :: Shared Description

Once part of the Brereton Hall Estate, this area was planted with Scots Pine trees in the 19th century- which were then felled during the First World War to provide pit-props for the mining industry. Some of these remain and there have been some new ones planted as a reminder of the past. After this the area began to be taken over by Silver Birch and a gamekeeper was employed by the estate to rear game birds for sport.
In 1959 silica sand was discovered and a quarry was opened, at one point extracting up to 500 tonnes per day for use in the production of glass and making casting moulds for the metal industry. The quarry was abandoned in 1972 after the sand ran out, filling with water and making the present lake, and the site was then purchased in 1982 by Congleton Borough Council for the creation of a country park.
2004 saw the country park being designated as a Local Nature Reserve, and is now managed for the benefit of both wildlife and members of the public.
In 2009 Congleton Borough Council merged with Cheshire East County Council who now, along with a group of volunteers, manage the site. Also in 2009 Brereton Heath was awarded a Green Flag Award, which was earned again in 2010.
There is a varied landscape on the site, with a lake, woodland, meadowland and rare lowland heath. This variety in the landscape also produces a wonderfully varied flora and fauna. There is also a very good visitor centre with toilets, and excellent disabled access including the ‘Brimstone Trail’ going through the woods and circling the lake. This trail is completely ‘wheelchair and buggy friendly’.
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by Jonathan Kington
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SJ7965 : Lonesome Pine by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Clearing in the woods by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Iced trees by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Six-Spot  Burnet Moth by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Heading back to the Visitor Centre by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Preserved Lowland Heath by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Brereton Heath lake by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Beach on the lake by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Looking across the bay by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Mallards on the lake by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Flower of the Dog Rose by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Behind the lake edge by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Toadstools in the woods by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Looking south near the western boundary by Jonathan Kington
SJ7964 : Large-flowered Evening-Primrose by Jonathan Kington
SJ8065 : Lowland Heath project by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Re-entrant on Brereton Heath Lake by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Wild flower corner by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Opium Poppy by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Westerly along the bridle path by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Northern boundary  of Brereton Heath Country Park by Jonathan Kington
SJ7964 : Deformed Foxglove (2) by Jonathan Kington
SJ8064 : Peace and Quiet by Jonathan Kington
SJ7965 : Visitor Centre by Jonathan Kington

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Created: Sun, 17 Jan 2010, Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010

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