Oakmere Lodge Country Park is situated in the vicinity
of Oakmere and Abbots moss SSSI’S (Sites of Special Specific
Interest) which are designated for their peat land habitats and which
include in the Midlands Meres’ and Mosses Ramsar site and candidate
Special Areas for Conservation (SAC).
High regard has been given to the landscape
and ecological aspects of the site, taking into consideration its
current and potential
value. In particular specific regard has been given to the relationship
of the site to areas of nature conservation in Vale Royal and the
valuable contribution the proposals would make to the borough’s
nature conservatory strategy. These can be seen on the colour master
plan. Click Here to view the map.
The substantial areas of woodland and wetland proposed at Oakmere
Lodge Country Park have been provided to encourage valuable wildlife
In particular hedgerows and ponds have been identified as priority
and the development of these has been given high priority in the
Landscape Master plan. Creation, enhancement and management of these
habitats, together with scrub and grass land will be benefiting BAP
priority species such as bats, amphibians and song thrush and other
species of invertebrates, mammals and birds whom have declining populations.
We have exhumed the existing lake, which existed over 100 yrs ago
and are in process of restoring it to its natural beauty to create
a major natural resource both for amenity and for habitat development.
The lake banks are being re-profiled and on the northern banks public
access is encouraged through an extensive network of level, gravel
bound footpaths linking all sections of the site to the observation
platforms extending into the water.
The southeastern area of the lake edge will have access restricted
to live willow walls and its margins developed to create a nature
reserve. In the centre of the lake the island will be planted and
a gravel beach added to encourage water foul.
A further nature reserve will be created in the Southwest corner
of the site. Again access will be restricted through the use of a
live willow wall and a pond in the natural wetland of this area.
Generally the site is well screened around its entire perimeter
with mature trees and hedgerows. These broad belts of planting also
create an ecological framework within which a number of other habitants
are proposed. There is a 5 year maintenance and management schedule
in force to encourage the full potential of the landscape of the