Witch Wood, Lytham
Witch Wood is a lovely woodland, with an accessible footpath from Ansdell to Lytham running through it.
When Guardian Royal Exchange took over the Clifton Estate in 1963, the council gifted the remaining derelict wood to Lytham St Annes Civic Society as a woodland walk for the local community.
Over the years, the Society have done huge amounts of work to clear undergrowth, create paths and work with Network Rail to make a continuous walk from Ansdell to Lytham. The woodland was opened by Prince Phillip in 1974. The Civic Society has continued to maintain the wood, with advice and grants from the Forestry Commission. Victims of Dutch Elm Disease have been removed, sycamore have been replaced with native species like oak and beech. The Society bore the cost, of over £5000, of replacing the main path with a recycled product called Top Trek.
Improvements have been made recently with the help of Lancashire Wildlife Trust to complete a new section of path near the school fence opposite the cricket field, paid for by a grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund. To the appreciation of walkers, this path completes the trail through the length of the wood.
The wood is protected a by tree preservation order and part is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It was named after a favourite horse of the Clifton family called 'The Witch', which is thought to be buried in the wood.
You can find out much more about Witch Wood and see photos at this link to the Lytham St Annes Civic Society website, from where the details for this article were taken.
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