Gorse Hill and Elbury Mount Local Nature Reserve

These hills are the highest point in Worcester City. Grazed until the 1950's, a range of habitats has since developed in a small space, with footpaths winding through mature oaks, shady woodland, open grassland and gorse. Elbury Mount houses a covered reservoir.

Gorse Hill ViewAccess: Pedestrian entrances on Kenwood Avenue, Troutbeck Drive, Elbury Park Road

Site Facilities:
views, benches, interpretation board, play area nearby

Open: Pedestrian access 24hrs

Dogs: Well behaved dogs welcome.

Habitat: Unimproved grassland, Semi-natural grassland, Woodland, Scrub and bramble, Veteran trees 

Notable Wildlife: Wood Anemone, Buzzard, Slow worm, Gorse, Hawthorn, Oak

Other features: Views across Worcester and north to Hindlip. The surfaced track from Elbury Park Road gives a gentle climb to the summit of Elbury Mount. Surviving historic features include an Anglo Saxon lynchet bank, veteran Oak trees and remains of a 19th century rifle range.

Site Map

Map of Gorse Hill and Elbury Mount LNR

Management tasks include:

  • Scrub clearance
  • Maintenance of furniture
  • Footpath cutting
  • Mowing of Unimproved grassland
  • Sycamore clearance
  • Management of veteran trees