Originally Griffin Wood was a 12 acre agricultural field, with one hectare of mature woodland in the northern corner. The woodland was in a poor condition having received little or no management by its private owner over the past few decades.

The site was first acquired by Community Forest North West (CFNW) in May 2005 and a plan was drawn up to reach nearby communities. Although the site was acquired in 2005, The Mersey Forest Team who are managing the land took the decision to only undertake essential woodland management during the first year prior to extensive community engagement on the design of the scheme. This consultation took place during 2006. The name Griffin Wood was chosen from a shortlist suggested by members of the public. The name linking in well with the local area as a griffin features in the legend of how Bold got its name and also appears on the St.Helens coat of arms. The final design of the woods layout was also decided at this time and this also led to the formation of the Friends of Griffin Wood (FoGW) in 2007. A  FoGW volunteer group continues to be supported by the Mersey Forest in action planning and neighbourhood outreach.

Implementation commenced in March 2007, first with wildflower seeding then woodland planting. Funding from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust enabled the use of new creative conservation techniques to convert the agricultural land into a diverse wildflower habitat. There are three different areas, one sown with shade loving species and planted with a mix of native trees and shrubs, one with high impact annual and perennial wildflowers in direct sunlight, and another with wetland wildflower species to complement the series of new and existing ponds which stretch across the site. The site was ploughed and sowed under the supervision of Landlife – the National Wildflower Charity.

After the wildflower seeding, the site was planted with a mixture of native broadleaf trees in March 2007, with the participation of local residents at several community tree planting days.

Over a kilometre of new and improved footpaths was created in 2008 through funding from Cory Environmental Trust and The Forestry Commission. This included the upgrading of the existing track into the site and the installation of a new footpath to provide greater accessibility throughout the year across part of the site. This linked to the footpath through the existing woodland and provided a circular route through meadows and woodland. The Friends group have created waymarked (with marker posts) mown trails to supplement these.

In April 2010 a sculptured seat was designed and installed by Julian Taylor. Julian a sculptor based in Liverpool, took inspiration for the design from the magnificent  Broad Buckler ferns (Dryopteris dilatata) that can be found within the mature woodland at Griffin Wood, as well as linking it back to the coal mining heritage of Clock Face.  The presence of dense fern forests 300 million years ago helped create the rich coal seams that were found in the surrounding area. Julian was able to construct the bench using timber that had been extracted from the mature woodland as part of tree safety works

Fern Seat

In May 2010 a sculpture trail was created using five designs from local families at a community Wood works event. These designs were then turned into full size sculptures by professional chainsaw artists and installed at various locations around the site.

In January 2011 Cavendish Special School 6th form (17yr olds) created a coppice area for the purpose of the Friends of Griffin Wood to use  in the future to learn coppicing techniques. It included a couple of species of willow as well as dogwood and hazel. It is right next to the small car park just past the sets of bollards near the nursery.