Asland Division

Division Commissioner: Kirstie Gunby

Asland is the most northerly division in the County, and one of the two largest Divisions in the County of Sefton, covering a wide area from Ormskirk in the South to the village of Tarleton in the North and West from the Southport boundary to the edge of Skelmersdale/Ormskirk Division in the East.

The Leeds/Liverpool canal runs through Asland, there are two marinas at Rufford providing leisure activities, each has a restaurant very popular with visitors and locals alike. The opening of The Wharf in Burscough gave the town an extra dimension, with small retail outlets and an art gallery, and now the home base of the West Lancashire Craft Guild, it is well worth a visit.

The other attraction in the area is, of course, Martin Mere, the winter home of thousands of Whooper swans and Canada geese, the latter is featured on our Division standard. Martin Mere attracts hundreds, if not thousands of visitors a year and is one of the main tourist attractions of the North West.

Rufford Old Hall is also in Asland Division, now owned and run by the National Trust, was once the home of the Hesketh family which owned a great deal of Lancashire, including the Rufford branch of the Leeds/Liverpool canal, built by a past Lord Hesketh to transport coal and grain to Liverpool docks.

Asland division badge

The symbols on the right represent the 3 districts in the division.

  • Parbold district is represented by the windmill which is located in the village alongside the canal.
  • Burscough/Ellerbrook District is represented by the barge which shows the canal running through Burscough & Rufford.
  • Douglas district is represented by the bird showing Martin Mere, Mere Sands Wood and the Hesketh Bank marshes.
  • The river running through the 3 districts is the River Douglas, also known as the River Asland which is where the division got its name.
  • The symbols on the left show the World Badge and the County badge of Sefton.