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NEWS RELEASE No: 1550615 JUNE 2012

Wildflower and tree planting on former mine spoil heap

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Peacock butterfly at Hicks Lodge

An abandoned coal mine in St Helens is set to be transformed into a haven for wildlife.

The Forestry Commission is teaming up with ex-miners from the Shining Lights Heritage Group to plant wildflowers and native trees on the former Sutton Manor Colliery spoil heap.  

The idea is to introduce more nectar to the site, which in turn will attract more insects.

Adam Evans, Forestry Commission ranger, said:

“This is a fantastic community project that will not only transform the landscape but attract more species of insects to the area.

 “It is always nice to be able to encourage wildlife to an area and it should be exciting to see how it develops over the next few years.”

The planting will take place on Sunday (June 17) and will involve children from Sutton Manor Primary School.

Adam added:

“The mine is an important part of the town’s heritage and always will be – the Shining Lights often come up to the site to teach local school children about its history.

“But there are many benefits of it being turned back into a semi-natural habitat for wildlife and I’m sure many people will be happy to see it transformed.”



  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

  2. Media Contact: Katie Durose on 01606 888111 or Richard Topley, of the Forestry Commission, on 01606 324909.