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.
Access: Pedestrian entrances on Kenwood Avenue, Troutbeck Drive, Elbury Park Road
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.
Management tasks include:
- Scrub clearance
- Maintenance of furniture
- Footpath cutting
- Mowing of Unimproved grassland
- Sycamore clearance
- Management of veteran trees