Heading along A572 Newton Road in a direction from Newton to Lowton as you pass the Travellers Rest Public House on your right and pass Stone Cross Lane to your left a hundred yards or so on your left hand side you will see a bench and a public footpath sign.
This is Mount Tabor a patch of land part owned by Wigan Metro and part common land. This disused land has been developed into a valuable local public amenity as an outdoor space and nature reserve for local residents. It’s a very pleasant walk with open views of the distant Horwich Moors and can be accessed from either Stone Cross Lane or Newton Road and is a rich and developing habitat for bird and insect life.
The site also contains the footings of a old workhouse (Mount Tabor) and hence has an historical interest aspect also.
Kathleen Johnson of Lane Head South Residents Group (L.H.S.R.G ) explains.
In 2012, (LHSRG). was granted a lease on one part of the land known as “Mount Tabor” , for the purpose of planting a woodland to mark the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth 2nd.The lease was granted by the landowner, Wigan Metro and we were fortunate to have the support for our application , of local M.P. Andy Burnham.
Mount Tabor is situated between Newton Road and Stonecross Lane and has added interest in that part of the site was once occupied by a Victorian workhouse.
November 2012 found us planting a hundred and five native British trees, mainly a mix of Birch, Hawthorn, Rowan, Hornbeam, Field Maple and Guelder Rose, obtained through the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woodland scheme. Since that time more have been added . Most of these although still small, are thriving and from time to time we add some slightly more mature trees.
The site has the benefit of a public footpath running through it and additional tracks have been trodden between the trees. These are already being well used. We have had a visit from a Lancashire Wildlife Trust representative who advised us on the maintenance and ecology of the site.
The woodland has been planted as a facility for the people of the area and an investment in the future and it is a great pleasure to see it being well used.