RUNCORN’S BIG WOOD GETS BIG SUPPORT
THE Woodland Trust, the UK’s
leading woodland conservation charity, has recently received funding
to improve access and enhance biodiversity at its popular 9 hectare
Big Wood site.
Big Wood, on the eastern edge of Runcorn and adjacent to Norton
Priory, is widely used by the local community and provides a vital
area of green space for people of all ages to enjoy. Thanks to Gift
Aid funding of £10,000 from the Waste Recycling Group Ltd,
administered by WREN this much loved community woodland will now
receive substantial enhancements.
These essential works, including upgrading parts of the footpath
network along the canal and removal of rhododendron to ensure
habitats are maintained for Big Wood’s plants and animals, will
greatly enhance this extremely popular site for both people and
wildlife. In addition work will take place to conserve the historic
sandstone ha-ha along the eastern boundary of the site. Typically
built in the 17th and 18th centuries these walls often formed the
boundary between the estate’s gardens and grounds.
Richard Smith, Project Manager for WREN said:- “WREN are
delighted to be involved in this exciting project to improve
existing woodland areas within Cheshire for the benefit of all of
the community. The access improvements at Big Wood should ensure
that the community have much better access to the site throughout
Community groups looking to find out more about funding through the
Landfill Tax Credit Scheme can contact WREN on 01953 717165 or visit
www.wren.org.uk for more
Improvement works to Winwick Road - Owen Street junction, Warrington
IMPROVEMENT works are being
carried out at the A49 Winwick Road/Owen Street junction from Monday
13 March 06, for about two weeks.
The junction will be closed while the works are carried out which
include the reconstruction of the carriageway, amendments to the
north kerb to improve turning movements out of the junction and
resurfacing of the footway.
Works will be phased to ensure minimum disruption and the closure
and diversions routes will be clearly signposted for motorists.
The proposed diversion route is A49 Winwick Road, Pinners Brow,
Tanners Lane, Dallam Lane and vice versa.
Robbery on Lord
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing
for information following a robbery in Southport. At about 5:30pm on
Friday 3 March 06 a man entered The Local off licence on Lord
Street. He threatened a member of staff and demanded the cash from
the till. The victim, a 27 year old local woman, handed over a small
amount of cash. The offender left the scene. The offender is
described as being white, and wearing a black Bennie hat, black
scarf, a dark coloured jacket and dark jeans. The off licence has
since increased its security measures to help prevent such incidents
happening in the future.
Anyone with information is asked to
contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.