The Towers Wood is just off West Drive and Holmfield Avenue, Cleveleys.
It’s got a long and interesting history, and it’s a lovely spot for a walk in a green environment with plenty of wildlife.
It’s a beautiful small woodland area and an urban retreat.
Cleveleys is an urban area so it’s nice to have somewhere a little ‘wild’ to escape to. Especially since the salty marine air makes it difficult for trees to grow elsewhere.
When you visit The Towers, keep your eyes peeled for songbirds and squirrels. Enjoy spring blossom and autumn leaves as they turn red and fall.
Watch this cheeky pair of squirrels collecting food in early spring. The quality of the video isn’t brilliant but it’s worth watching just for the soundtrack of birds singing!
Improvements at The Towers Wood
In recent years improvements have been made to the pathways and seating, the emptying of bins more frequently and other remedial works.
Wyre’s rangers also work with local schools and youth groups at the site, to provide a better understanding and appreciation of local environmental conservation.
Back in 2012, funding was also secured from the Forestry Commission’s Woodland Improvement Grants to carry out environmental management work at both The Towers and Pheasant Wood in Thornton.
This included the felling of unsuitable trees, replanting native species, and improving boundary treatments, access and pond management.
History of The Towers Wood
The history of The Towers dates back to the early 1900s.
The Towers can be accessed from several points around the area, including a footpath on Holmfield Avenue.
This is one of the pairs of gate posts, the only surviving remains of The Towers shooting lodge estate, on West Drive.
Photo: Juliette Gregson
The Towers Lodge was originally the home of the Horrocks family, who were affluent mill owners.
Photo: from Fylde and Wyre Antiquarian, by Michelle Harris and Brian Hughes
It was later bought by Mr. T.G. Lumb (Thomas Gallon Lumb), an engineer and architect. He was the visionary of Cleveleys, who was instrumental in the installation of the electric tramway. He worked with Edward Lutyens to develop the houses that still stand today on Rossall Road, and instigated the 1906 Cleveleys Cottage Exhibition.
In the 1800s The Towers was where wealthy people came to spend their holidays. The ICI estate at Thornton was booming and Cleveleys grew successful as a seaside town. The woodlands in the estate once covered a much larger area and provided the shooting grounds for these visitors.
The Towers Lodge later became known as Highfield College which was a private school, until the main building was demolished around 1970.
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Do you know anything else about the history of The Towers?
Have you got any old photos? (Or recent ones for that matter)
If you have, please get in touch. Email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk
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The Towers is off Holmfield Avenue, behind the Duck Pond on Victoria Road West