Welcome to the Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields.
The beautiful Childwall Woods and Fields Local Nature Reserve is situated in Childwall, Liverpool L16 0JJ. It provides a home for an astonishing variety of trees, wildflowers, fungi, insects and birds in a fascinating mosaic of habitats.
Historic woodland with swathes of spring bluebells, meadows, scrub, glades, plantations and ponds – and surprising views over the Cheshire plain – can all be found right here in the middle of a residential suburb.
Childwall Woods and Fields has a fascinating history. The woods were planted from the 1700s as a private garden and hunting area by the wealthy residents of Childwall Hall and this is why so many huge old trees can still be found here. The Hall itself is now gone and the site is occupied by Lime Pictures television studio. The fields have a more varied history having been pasture, a golf course, playing fields and a landfill site!
The reserve is for people too – a place to walk and experience nature. We all know from the pandemic how important contact with nature is for our mental health, especially for us city folk. The sheer variety of people who come here – of all ages – is proof of this.
Childwall Woods and Fields is owned by Liverpool City Council and managed by an active voluntary group, the Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields. We run monthly events and walks to experience nature, and we offer weekly and monthly opportunities to get involved in practical conservation work as a volunteer.
There are entrances into the woods and fields from Childwall Lane, Countisbury Drive, Quickswood Close, the junction of Childwall Park Avenue and Woolton Road, and there are 2 entrances on Childwall Abbey Rd.
If you’ve never been to Childwall Woods and Fields, take this map with you. It shows you all the main paths and entrances.
Help us look after Childwall Woods and Fields
Have a lovely memorable day visiting our beautiful Local Nature Reserve but PLEASE:
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs.
Don’t set fires or have barbecues on this site. They are damaging to the environment and the creatures that live in it.
Take your litter home with you or put it into one of the many bins by the gates.
Be a responsible pet owner. Keep your pet under control and clean up after them.
Be respectful of the ecosystem that is the woods and fields. Stay on paths and be careful not to stand on the wildflowers.
Don’t pick the wildflowers. Bluebells are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. To pick them is an offence.
If you want to take something home from this beautiful nature reserve, take a photo, not a flower.