VOLUNTEERS have been playing their part in keeping Northwich Woodlands looking beautiful this autumn.

Cheshire West and Chester Council's Greenspaces team has been working with groups of volunteers each Wednesday and Thursday, almost every week of the year.

The projects centre around conservation and estate management, and there are now opportunities available to get involved.

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In recent weeks volunteers have been involved in clearing viewpoints and footpaths, as well as creating wildflower havens on the sunny banks of Anderton Nature Park, views of Witton Brook and the bird hide at Haydn Pool.

They have focused on clearing the scrub to help wildflowers make the most of the sunshine next summer.

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CWAC director of place operations Maria Byrne said: “The council is very grateful to all the regular volunteers who roll up their sleeves to help us maintain our wonderful greenspaces across the borough.

"Lots of work has taken place including hedge-laying and clearing areas for wildflowers to thrive next year.

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"Many thanks to everyone who has got involved to make a real difference in their community.”

The work to maintain the Northwich Woodlands supports the council’s climate emergency agenda as it works with partners, businesses and communities to develop a borough-wide action plan.

On top of this work, regular events have also taken place at Marbury Park. The Marbury Art group recently held an exhibition of their work and were delighted to sell their first painting.

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The group holds classes at Marbury Park in the community room every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm, with new members very welcome.

Another group of volunteers and visitors recently made small wooden stools and tables, taking a new skill – as well as their creations – home with them. This event held twice a year during the spring and autumn.

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A full event programme for Northwich Woodlands in 2020 will be published in the next few weeks in conjunction with the Friends groups at Marbury and Anderton.

Email Greenspace ranger David James at david.james@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk