Did you know The Trafford Centre has its own ancient woodland for you to enjoy?
If you've never taken the time to visit before, The Trafford Centre's very own ancient woodland, known as Wilderspool Woods, is full of discoveries.
When The Trafford Centre was first built, protecting the environment and all the creatures, plants and trees was of utmost importance. The woodland area just behind Frankie & Benny's is home to an array of wildlife, trees and plants for our visitors to enjoy and learn .
It's an area of natural woodland, which is a haven for wildlife. Wrens, blue tits, mallards and koi karp have turned it into a breeding ground. Bird and bat boxes have been introduced with dead wood being recycled to act as a draw for insects. Information points have been placed around the wood informing visitors about the flourishing wildlife.
Plus, a network of woodland paths and a picnic area means there's plenty of opportunities to take time out and enjoy nature right here at TraffordCity.
A little history...
Known locally since 1794 as Wilderspool Woods, this area has been a gentleman’s house, a cottage and later known as a farm. A lavish property with six bedrooms, two living spaces, coach house and stables, Wilderspool Hall and Farm was owned by the Garner family. The farm, which was south of the hall, had Peter Warburton there from 1894-1898. The Hall was demolished in 1963 and the land became part of the farm which was razed in 1967-8 and is home today to the Travel Inn.