Information guide to identifying Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a close relative to cow parsley, but can reach over 3m (10ft) in height. Contact with sap can cause severe skin burns. Where we are aware of Giant Hogweed on accessible areas of council land, we will treat it chemically or destroy the plant. Giant Hogweed is often confused with similar looking harmless hedgerow plants, such as Common Hogweed and Cow Parsley.

See our Giant Hogweed identification guide

To see the following park locations on a map, please visit our Parks, pitches and courts page

Astley Bridge Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located at Moss Bank Way (BL1 8NP). Astley Bridge park is a small local park, home to a variety of play equipment, a medium sized playing field and a bowling green. Accessible to wheelchairs. Only open during daylight hours.

Barlow Park

Play area Football pitch Cricket pitch All weather pitch

Located off Dunoon Drive (BL1 6QY). Barlow Park is home to a children's play area suitable for all ages. There are pitches for football and cricket and a games area suitable for football and basketball. There are lots of wide open spaces to enjoy.

Bradford Street Rec. Ground

Play area Football pitch Bowling green All weather pitch

Located off Bradford Street, Farnworth (BL2 1JR) this park is predominantly a large football field suitable for all types of sports and play along with a play area. There is also a bowling green and a multi use games area for both football and basketball.

Darbyshire Park

Play area Bowling green

Located on Longson Street (BL2 2TL) Darbishire Park is a traditional town park, home to a children's play area with a variety of equipment suitable for all ages. There is also a maintained bowling green suitable for crown green bowling.

Doe Hey Playing Field

Play area Football pitch Bowling green All weather pitch

Located off Cawdor Street, Farnworth (BL4 7HX) this park is home to a children's play area with a variety of equipment suitable for all ages. There is also a bowling green and a football field suitable for a wide range of outdoor activity.

Egerton Park

Play area Bowling green Tennis court

Off Blackburn Road (BL7 0PL), Egerton Park is home to a children's play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages. There is also a tennis court and a bowling green suitable for crown green bowls.

Ellesmere Park

Play area Bowling green

Located off Harrowby Street (BL4 7DF) Ellesmere Park is home to a children’s play area with a variety of equipment. Ellesmere Park is a traditional small district park with the added facility of a bowling green suitable for crown green bowls.

Farnworth Central Park

Play area Bowling green

A large town park located off Market Street, Farnworth. Farnworth Central Park has a large, recently refurbished play area with a variety of modern play accessible play equipment plus a circular bowling green.

Great Lever Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Green Lane (BL3 2HS), Great Lever Park is a traditional district park with a bowling green, play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages and a multi use games area with football nets and a basket ball hoop.

Hall Lee Bank Park

Play area Good for walking

Located on Park Road, Westhoughton. Hall Lee Bank park has a play area with a variety of play equipment. It is also good for walking as it is a local nature reserve with woodland walks and an integrated woodland play area to make the walks even more fun.

Haslam Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Wigan Road (BL3 3TF). This is a large district park, home to a play area with a variety of play equipment. There is a bowling green used for crown green bowls and a multi use sports area that is suitable for football and basketball.

Heywood Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Lever Street (BL3 2AB) is a traditional district park with a play area that has a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages. Heywood park also has a bowling green suitable for crown green bowling.

Kearsley Park

Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Bolton Road, Kearsley Park is home to a large playing field suitable for informal ball games and a bowling green suitable for crown green bowls.

Leverhulme Park

Play area Football pitch Bowling green Cricket pitch Athletics track All weather pitch Good for walking

Located on Long Lane (BL2 6EB), with a huge range of facilities including a football pitch, a running track, dog walking areas and nature trailing plus an orienteering course and cycle trail. Maps can be bought from the Community Centre Reception.

Longsight park

Play area Football pitch Good for walking

Located on Longsight Lane (BL2 3JS) Longsight Park is a large informal park and has a play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages, a football pitch, and is really good for walking, with links to the Bradshaw Valley and beyond.

Moses Gate Country Park

Play area Good for walking

Located on Hall Lane, Farnworth (BL4 7QS) Moses Gate is a large Country Park and local nature reserve with serene woodland and waterside walks. Nature trails are also available as well as horse and cycle routes.

Moss Bank Park

Play area Football pitch Bowling green Tennis court Cricket pitch

Moss Bank Park (BL1 6NB) is home to multiple play areas, a football pitch, bowling greens suitable for crown bowls, tennis courts, a cricket pitch and small fairground rides (small charges apply).

Mytham Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located off Mytham Road, Little Lever Mytham Park is a small district park and has a play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages,a bowling green, a multi use games area where you can play football or basketball.

Queens Park

Play area Football pitch Bowling green Tennis court Good for walking

This large Victorian town park is home to a brand new café and play area (the biggest in Bolton) and is freely accessible. The modern play equipment combined with the formal traditional park areas, loads of open space makes this a perfect park to visit.

Ridgmont Park

Football pitch

Located on Chorley Old Road (BL6 6RD) this is simply a football pitch suitable for a variety of outdoor activities.

Rumworth Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Willows Lane, (BL3 4BT) Rumworth Park has a play area that has a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages, a bowling green, and a multi games area suitable for football and basketball.

Smithills Hall Country Park

Good for walking

Located off Smithills Dean Road (BL1 7NP). The grounds of Smithills Hall boast a network of extensive paths, tracks, cycling and horse riding routes for people to enjoy.

Station Park

Play area All weather pitch

Located off Chorley New Road, adjacent to Horwich Leisure Centre. The play area has been refurbished and is the the only park in the borough to have the 'Iplay game'. The park also has football pitches suitable for a variety of outdoor activity.

Sunnyside Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Chelsea Road (BL3 6AH) Sunnyside Park is home to a play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages. There is a bowling green suitable for crown green bowling and a multi games area suitable for football and basketball.

Thomasson Park

Play area Bowling green

Located on Merehall Street (BL1 2QT) this is a traditional district park that has a play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages. There is also a bowling green suitable for crown green bowls.

Tonge Park

Play area Bowling green All weather pitch

Located on Tonge Park Avenue (BL2 2QR), this is a traditional district park being home to a play area with a variety of play equipment suitable for all ages. It also has a bowling green and a multi use games area where you can play football or basketball.

Westhoughton Central Park

Play area Bowling green Tennis court

A large town centre park off Central Drive, Westhoughton. This park has a play area suitable for all ages. There is also a bowling green suitable for crown green bowls, a tennis court and a multi use games area suitable for football and basketball.

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