Borsdane Wood Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Borsdane Wood (LNR) lies to the north of Hindley, straddling the border of Wigan and Bolton. It is an area of semi natural ancient woodland and a site of biological interest.

The wood consists of mixed broadleaf trees such as oak, ash, birch, cherry, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose and is believed to have had woodland cover since around 1600AD. The woodland has been relatively unchanged for hundreds of years and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer.

Formerly part of Hindley Hall Estate, the site was acquired by the Leigh family of Whitley Hall in the 18th century. In 1974 the land came into Wigan Council’s management and the site was designated Wigan’s first Local Nature Reserve in 1986. The ease of access, proximity to local communities and links to local networks of public rights of way provides a much valued community resource.

Key habitats

  • Ancient Semi Natural Woodland (ASNW)
  • Fen Woodland
  • Scrub
  • River


A public footpath runs through the middle of the woodland following the line of Borsdane Brook. No horse riding is allowed.


The site’s impressive biodiversity and value as a local resource for education and awareness-raising, makes it an area of high importance. Be Well leisure services has actively encouraged community usage of the site and the easy access is seen as a positive benefit to any future plans.

Key targets for enhancement and protection have been set for the reserve, forming part of the LNR management plan. Active involvement in the site plan by different site users will result in a sustainable working approach for the future of the reserve.

Jubilee legacy walks

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations of 2012, a series of 15 legacy walks were developed ranging from 1 to 9 miles. Each walk in Wigan Borough's green space is recognised by Silver, Gold and Diamond accreditation.


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