Opened Tuesday 26th February 2002, this tranquil and beautiful area is situated approximately halfway between Rochdale and Bacup. The approach is from Tonge Lane which runs off the A671 (Market Street, Whitworth). The small village of Cowm nestles snugly in the Pennine chain and in parallel with many of the “Life for a Life” planting areas, is known and respected for its beautiful landscape value and the wildlife which it attracts to the vicinity.
The majestic rolling hills of the Pennines add to the splendour of the exquisite vista. These views are quite breathtaking when looked at from Tonge Lane which eventually leads across the moorland. At this site there is also a sailing club used specifically by disabled people. Water-skiers using the reservoir are an added attraction to the site. The position of the memorial trees is immediately adjacent to a wide footpath which runs along the site of the reservoir and is considered by many to be one of the most peaceful and tranquil walks in the district. This is suitable for all visitors and has been constructed with wheelchair access and clients with restricted mobility.
The benches which have been donated are there for the convenience of all visiting clients and are sited to overlook not only the natural surroundings but also the reservoir itself.
The mixed species of memorial trees form an avenue alongside the path. There is a wide variety of hostelries offering good value-for-money meals if required. The location is also very popular with ornithologists, hikers and lovers of the countryside.