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Date:- 13 March 2006

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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 the year”.

Community groups looking to find out more about funding through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme can contact WREN on 01953 717165 or visit for more information.

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 Street, Southport

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.
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