The site was originally used as a waste disposal site by the local chemical industry and as a result of this the soil contains a high concentration of clinker and lime. ICI planted trees on the site about 10 years ago as well as developing two areas of grassland.
The site is now used as an informal recreational resource by the local community. At present there is an overland pipeline being constructed through the only area of mature woodland at this site.
Furey Woodland consists of two main areas of grassland, one of which is an area of amenity grassland and the other is a meadow area. There is a circular path (with disabled access) through the new plantation areas which is linked to a riverside pathway by steps. The grasslands are surrounded by woodland, the majority of which was planted in the last 15 years. The woodland bordering the grassland is a mixed broad-leaved wood, this is a mixture of both exotic and native tree species. The more mature area along the slopes down to the River is dominated by Sycamore, Crack Willow and Oak.
For those that enjoy an energetic walk the site can be accessed from Northwich town centre near to Town Bridge via some steps. There is a circular path with disabled access through the new plantation areas which is linked to a riverside pathway by 80 steps. For those interested in a pleasant stroll there is a small car park off Beswick Street.