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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 local nature reserve 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.

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Countryside Centre

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.