Philips Park Local Nature Reserve
In terms of heritage and wildlife, Philips Park is the Borough's most important park. Originally part of Pilkington Park deer park, it became the estate of the Philips family of Manchester merchants. It is now Bury's largest LNR and the first to be officially declared, in October 1999.
The site has an assortment of habitats including mixed woodland, grassland, streams, ponds and lodges. These habitats are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, with the meadows being particularly good for butterflies like the Orange Tip, Brimstone and Peacock.
Philips Park is also the home of Bury's first mountain bike trail and first Countryside Centre. The Countryside Centre occupies the Barn of the former estate farm and including a classroom, workshops and offices. The Environmental Summer Play Scheme is based at the Barn Countryside Centre and uses various locations around the LNR. The playscheme offers local children the chance to experience the environment and its wildlife on their doorstep with a varied programme of activities including pond dipping, mini-beast safaris and environmental games.
To request a repair or report damage to the countryside, contact customer services on 0161 253 5353.
For more information about Local Nature Reserves, contact the Local Nature Reserve Officer in the Strategic Planning and Economic Development team.