Our work in the outdoors at Quarry Bank
From maintaining and growing our woodland, to creating new habitats for wildlife, our rangers and volunteers at Quarry Bank go to extraordinary lengths to look after nature across 580 acres of the estate. With lots going on behind the scenes, find out more about our recent work, including our part in Countryfile’s ‘Plant Britain’ initiative.
It’s no coincidence that Quarry Bank was built in the picturesque river valley you'll find it sitting in today – the River Bollin provided the vital energy source, powering the mill which was the beating heart of this industrial community. In today’s world, the surrounding landscape at Quarry Bank is just as important but for different reasons – it provides a vital place where nature, wildlife and people can thrive.
Over 580 acres of woodland, countryside and river make up the estate at Quarry Bank and the work we do here directly supports the National Trust's ambitions to tackle the twin threats of the climate crisis and the catastrophic decline in the natural environment. At Quarry Bank this includes:
- Improving and creating a mosaic of habitats for wildlife through the introduction of new wildflower meadows and ponds
- Creating dozens of hectares of new woodland which helps with the restoration of nature, provides greater access to green spaces for people, as well as supporting in the fight against climate change through carbon sequestration
- Carrying out regular species surveys to see the benefits of our work and help us identify where we need to take further steps to help wildlife thrive
At Quarry Bank we are very fortunate to be on the boundary of Manchester with a population of over 2.5 million people – we have a great opportunity to better connect people with nature through our work. We want as many people as possible to get involved and benefit from the natural environment at Quarry Bank.