Welcome to the Friends of Low Hall Website
We are a local community group made up of residents from the local towns of Hindley, Hindley Green, Abram, Ince & Platt Bridge which are close to this Local Nature Reserve. The group works with both Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and staff and volunteers from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to manage and maintain an expansive and diverse natural environment of woodland and wetland.
One of the disused railway bridges at Low Hall,
Low Hall , also known as 'Sammy's Flood', and the associated marsh, swamp and fen that is here today is the result of much subsidence and undermining caused by the mine shafts and workings from several coal mines sunk in the Hindley and Platt Bridge area from 1800 on. The main pits were Low Hall, Strangeways and Amberswood, and the area was also criss-crossed by both passenger and mineral railway lines. After the pits were closed and the railways stopped running, the area was used as a tip, then during the 1970's many hundreds of trees were planted in the area and left to mature to give the site its areas of woodland, and by 1980 the area was designated as a Site of Biological Importance -(SBI)
Some shots from the 1970's showing some of the original tree planting
The site is very important for its biodiversity and has a wealth of wildlife, including, Water Voles,
Kingfishers, Willow Tits, Water Rails, White Letter Hairstreak and Grizzled Skipper butterflies and the Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. In 2009 the site was declared to be a Local Nature reserve, confirming its importance for wildlife and the local community
Anyone wishing to get involved can contact the group via e-mail phone or come and speak to us at one of our meetings - details are on the 'Contact us' page
What's happening on Low Hall
Hi everyone, just a few words about what we have been up to on site. The wooden sculpture has been given it's second coat of preservative and it looks good, some of the stones in the circle appear to have been climbed on (muddy shoe prints etc. up the sides) but this is to be expected because kids of all ages like to climb on things. Hopefully during the summer we will be able to keep the path edges in good order and carry on with general site maintenance. During a site walkabout several tasks have been highlighted. These will include pond management, cutting the small meadow near the dipping pool and improving the flow in the station cut by clearing some of the excessive vegetation. Over the last few weeks it has been noticed that there is evidence that surveys have been carried out on Low Hall. This we have found out is in relation to the proposed new road system across Amberswood, Low Hall LNR does not appear to be at risk (YET). These surveys we have been told are being done over the whole area that could be affected to ascertain the ground levels, drainage and where everything goes/will go. Watch this space.