Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open daily all year, open access.

How to find us

How to find us

 The site is located in St Helens next to the M62.

Jubits Lane, St Helens
Sat Nav Postcode: WA9 4BB
OS Grid Ref
SJ516906

53.408575, -2.7293259

Facilities and access

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4340

Explore this woodland and wildlife haven created in 2001 on the former Sutton Manor Colliery spoil heap

Sutton Manor is a 230 acre site located in St Helens next to the M62 on the former Sutton Manor Colliery. At its highest point it is over 200m above sea level.

In 2001 the former spoil heap was transformed into a community woodland and wildlife haven for the local community and visitors to enjoy. Over 2 million trees were planted!

In 2009, Jaume Plensa's Dream sculpture was officially opened as a lasting memory of the sites former use. It sits on the apex of the former spoil heap and can be seen from miles around.

The site also links in with the Farnworth Sutton Greenway. This is a footpath and cycleway that connects up Dream and Sutton Manor woodland with the outskirts of Widnes at Mill Lane.

At a glace

  • Walking
  • Orienteering
  • Heritage arts trail
  • Fishing pond
  • Picnic area

Things to do

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Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

The Dream, an imposing permanent sculpture by artist Jaume Plensa, can be viewed at Sutton Manor Community Woodland. Installed in 2009, it sits on the site of a former colliery, reflecting on the heritage of the location. It represents a girl with closed eyes, an emblem of hope for what the future may bring.  

Discover other arts projects across England. 

Nearby forests

Grassland

Popular with walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers, there is a network of over 5km of trails around the woodland, and visitors can enjoy the striking wooden viewpoint created by artist Richard Caink.

Part of the Abram Flashes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Wigan Greenheart area*, Viridor Wood features a mix of woodland, grassland and fishing lakes.

Owl sculpture at Sefton Meadows

Located near Liverpool, Sefton Meadows offers the perfect opportunity to escape the city! The woodlands are made up of three sites, Jubilee Woods, Roughlys Wood and Brooms Cross. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the Barn Owl sculpture which can be seen at Jubilee Woods! The site is also often visited by Hunting barn owls and they are likely to be spotted around dusk. 

field with rocks

As a former coal mine, Colliers Wood forms an interconnected area of woodlands and grassland surrounding Higher Folds. The various footpaths offer quite a lot of opportunity for exploration and discovery.

There has been recent planting near Cooling Lane which is now coming into fruition. From Queensway, there is access to an area once used by bird watchers.

Colliers Wood is located approximately ten miles west of Manchester. 

Forest with lakeside path

Delamere, south-west of Manchester, is a place to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.

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