COMMISSION LAUNCHES GREEN MAKEOVER MISSION IN SOUTHPORT
A team of
foresters are launching a 4-month mission to shift 42,000 tonnes of
sand from Rainford’s former sand extraction site north of Southport
to a closed landfill site at Town Lane, to help complete the 1st
stage of a new community woodland.
From Monday 4 of August, the Forestry Commission’s contractor will
move on to the site, near Bentham's Way, to kick start the green
makeover. The sand will be mixed with 5,730 tonnes of peat to create
soil-forming material for tree and wildflower meadow planting.
The make-up of the site includes 2 former landfill sites, unmanaged
grasslands and large sections of land that has suffered from years
of neglect, so will need intensive reconditioning over the coming
months to bring it back to life and establish the new community
26 hectares of brownfield land at Town Lane will then be transformed
into a recreational green space for the public and over time it is
hoped that a new mountain bike skills course, bridges and wildlife
habitats will be added.
funding is being provided for the Town Lane community woodland via
the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the Forestry
Commission partnership programme, ‘Newlands’, to regenerate the
area’s disused landfill sites.
Andy Glover, Community Engagement Officer for the Forestry
Commission at Town Lane, says:- “The Town Lane project is
really important to the ongoing regeneration of Southport and
surrounding area, providing a wide range of social, environmental
and economic benefits. The regeneration of the site will help
turn the area into a greener, cleaner and more attractive space for
play, live and work.”
Local residents and
schools from the site's large neighbouring communities will get the
chance to see many of their ideas incorporated into the plans for
Town Lane, with an emphasis on improving recreational facilities.
Work on Town Lane will also take advantage of the raised ground
height of the site by creating a scenic viewing platform looking out
across the West Pennine Moors and Southport Mosses.
Newlands is a unique £59 million NWDA-funded regeneration scheme,
which is rejuvenating around 381 hectares of the Northwest’s
derelict, underused and neglected land to stimulate economic growth
and further opportunities for leisure and environmental
improvements. Newlands, which stands for New Economic
Environments via Woodlands, is a partnership scheme involving the
NWDA and the Forestry Commission.
The NWDA is providing
resources to keep Town Lane maintained for the next 20 years and the
Forestry Commission will manage the woodland it creates through the
project for a further 79 years, making a secure period of nearly 100
years of management for the area’s green space. A number of
local delivery partners, including Sefton Metropolitan Borough
Council, Mersey Basin Campaign, Environment Agency, The Mersey
Forest, BTCV and Groundwork Merseyside are also involved in the
£225,000 of additional funding has been secured from European Union
Objective One Programme via The Mersey Forest Trust. Town Lane
is 1 of 6 Newlands projects being developed in the Mersey Belt area
of Northwest England.
More information about Town Lane and other 'Newlands' projects
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