In 2007, after two years of fundraising and campaigning, local volunteers led by Mrs Audrey Davies purchased Harmers' Wood, including four heritage sandstone quarries on behalf of the local community of Helsby and open all year to the public. Shortly after purchasing, safety improvements were required with fencing erected around the quarries to protect walkers and fly tipping into the quarries had left polluting rubbish, which was cleared.

The four quarries date back to the middle of the nineteenth century when sandstone was quarried to build St Paul's Church in Helsby among other local buildings. Archaeological digs have since found the remains of pottery and other finds providing a glimpse into the past when quarrymen and women lived near the main quarry. A large drinking vessel dating back to the late 1800's, which still contained its original cork, is a special reminder of those who carved out the blocks of stone.


The woodland has always been owned by Harmers' Wood Trust Ltd with directors approved by Companies House and managed by volunteers who check on fallen trees and the health of the fauna and flora. The company has no connection to any other similarly named organisations and is dedicated to preserving this public space for all future generations who can enjoy the peace and tranquility of these unique woods.


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Company limited by guarantee registered in England 05603966 

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Harmers' Wood, Hill Road North, Helsby, Cheshire UK