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Philips Park
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Greater Manchester
Natural England
Regional Team:
North West
Year of Declaration: 1999
Declaring Authority: Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
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Grid Reference: SD 799038
Location: Phillips Park, Park Lane, Whitefield, Bury
Owned by: Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Managed by: Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
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Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Phillips Park Road East, Bury.
Visitor facilities: Countryside Centre base at the Barn and includes a classroom, workshops and The Conservation Volunteers Bury office. Environmental Summer Play Scheme has operated for 12 years allowing local children to experience the environment and wildlife on their doorstep. Activities include pond dipping, mini-beast safaris and environmental games. 2 car parks, several walks, a walks leaflet.
What to see: Semi-natural woodland with wildflowers characteristic of ancient woodlands. Some open glades have remnant heathland. Species rich meadows with willow scrub. There are 4 mill lodges, 2 mill ponds and some seasonal ponds.

The woodland is dominated by oak, sycamore, birch, hawthorn and holly with willow and alder in the valley bottom. The species rich meadows include cuckoo flower, common spotted orchid, black knapweed, tufted vetch, and bird's foot trefoil. Butterflies such as orange tip and meadow brown are abundant.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: The Friends of Prestwich Forest Park, Philips Park LNR, Prestwich Clough and Drinkwater Park.
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Environment & Development Services, Customer Services, Lester House, Broad Street, Bury, BL9 0AU Tel. 0161 253 5353 email:

LA contact Paul Robinson, 3rd Floor, Craig House, 5 Bank Street, Bury, BL9 0DN Tel. 0161 253 7668
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