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Wyre Council owns three areas of mature woodland within the urban core. Towers Wood and Pheasant Wood are located in Thornton Cleveleys, while Broadwater Wood is south of Fleetwood town.

Where we can, woodlands are managed to provide both public amenity and biodiversity benefits, thus Towers Wood and Pheasant Wood are both publicly accessible but are subject to an ongoing management plan aimed at enriching their biodiversity value through thinning, retaining deadwood and re-stocking to increase the native species component. Neither site has car parking, but on-road parking is available nearby. These woodlands are accessible to wheelchair users but please note the paths are not wheelchair-friendly and that hardcore paths and tree roots make for rough going! Both woodland feature wildlife ponds and are a magnet for those who enjoy feeding the ducks!

Broadwater Wood - " Fleetwood's Green Lung" - is a 3.4 hectare woodland but is less accessible owing to its history as a landfill site. The Council permits public access but no formal paths exist and there are problems with landfill materials appearing at the surface. For these reasons we do not encourage visitors or invite them to tarry in the wood, though we do provide a number of short guided walks throughout the year. The woodland has considerable biodiversity value and in Spring features a stunning carpet of woodland flora.

Recognising that our urban woodland provision was small - the total of all sites is only around 7 hectares - Wyre Council undertook a Forestry Commission -funded Woodland Creation Scheme in 2010, using the FC's new native woodlands programme to fund a further ten hectares of new woodland at ten locations throughout Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood. Three of these new sites lie between the existing mature woodlands, Towers and Pheasant, thus they will eventually provide continuity of tree cover along what is coming to be known as the Urban Woodland Corridor, a route that coincides with Wyre's Green Link footpath network.

Wyre Council's woodlands are featured on the Woodland Trust website, where you can find maps and directions. Visit http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/Pages/default.aspx and choose the "Visit Woods" button where you can search for woodland in this area.

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