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Environment Agency lend a helping hand to the Irk PDF Print E-mail


Tuesday 25 September 2012

Working with the Council, irk Valley Project  and friends of Blackley Forest, over 20 staff from the Environment Agency communications team got stuck into a riverside clean up on the banks of the River Irk in Higher Blackley this week.

Access and habitat work was undertaken, including extensive Himalayan Balsam bashing, woodland thinning and access path pruning. Bird nestboxes were also put up.

Dave Barlow from the City's Environmental Strategy Team said: "What a great day with a brilliant bunch! Tons of rubbish removed and sensitive pruning along the riverside path have made this part of the Irk Valley so much easier to get along".

The Environment Agency has been instrumental in undertaking specialist weir removal along this part of the Irk which will help long term with fish migration and improve water quality.

Go natural at Nutsford Vale! PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Get back to nature with a fun filled day of family friendly activities and games at Nutsford Vale in Gorton this month.

Red Rose Forest, Greater Manchester’s Community Forest, is hosting a nature themed fun day on September 22 at the popular area of green space off Matthews Lane.

The event runs from 12noon – 3pm and there are loads of things you can have a try at: including bug spotting, pond dipping, apple pressing, nature inspired  face painting, willow weaving and wood carving. You can also meet a variety of bugs and birds, as there will be displays from nature organisations Animals in Tuition and Falconry Life.

The event is free to attend and free coffee and cake will be provided on the day.

The former Matthews Lane Tip site has been transformed in recent years thanks to the work of Red Rose Forest and Manchester City Council. New woodland has been planted at the 13.5 hectare site and footpaths and seats added. A range of community workshops have been held to encourage people to use the space, while a local Friends of Nutsford Vale group is actively working to deliver further improvements.

Lisa Mew Natural Links Officer at Red Rose Forest said: “Nutsford Vale is a great example of what Red Rose Forest does best – creating new areas of green space in urban areas for people to use and enjoy. It’s a little taste of the countryside in the middle of Manchester, a place for people to walk, play and get closer to nature.

“With this event the theme is focused on nature and the use of natural materials. It promises to be lots of fun and people will have the chance to learn new skills and improve their knowledge of the ecology and wildlife of this fantastic site.”

Red Rose Forest has received support from Manchester City Council to host the event and carry out improvements at Nutsford Vale.

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