The newly created Brun Valley Forest Park includes the contiguous areas of Queen’s Park, Thompson Park and the landscaped Bank Hall Colliery site. The parks and colliery have been used for orienteering for many years. The larger part is Brun Valley, which Burnley Borough have progressively opened up for public recreation in recent years. Much of this area was originally coal mines, which have been reclaimed, landscaped and planted. Woodland ranges from mature stands to young trees, which are now large enough to run through. Established alder creates a maze of thickets within the young trees.