HARD-WORKING volunteers from Uppermill and Greenfield teamed up for a special project day working to clear and tidy the viaduct woodland.
There was a great turnout as Uppermill Community Action Network (UCAN) and Street Scene Greenfield Group (SSGG) joined forces for the day and fantastic progress was made.
The first stage of their work was to fell enough trees to create an open ride through the middle of the area.
This means extra light getting to the woodland floor will enable the team to plant lots of wildflowers, which will be great for butterflies and bees, while bats will also use the ride edges for hunting.
The extra light will allow for the planting of native trees which will support a greater variety of wildlife than the trees there currently.
The felled timber has been left on site, as dead wood is a very important component of a healthy native woodland.
One of the larger trees has been ring barked so this will die standing up, providing nesting opportunities for birds, including the greater spotted woodpecker and the nuthatch.
The volunteers will be working on removing the Himalayan Balsam this spring and summer, and then planting the oaks, birches and other native trees next winter.
They are also thankful for the ongoing support of Phil Smith from Canal & River Trust and volunteers from Tesco, who kindly provided refreshments on the day.
For anyone interested in joining UCAN their next project days are on Thursday, May 10 and Thursday, May 24.
All equipment is provided and you are recommended to wear stout footwear and suitable clothing.
The usual meeting point is 10am at the canal bridge on Moorgate Street; check their website a few days in advance: http://ucanuppermill.com/ or contact UCAN’s Group Leader on 01457 878361 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or help Street Scene Greenfield spruce up the area’s canal towpaths on Saturday, May 19 and Thursday, May 31.
Equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and boots, and you may wish to bring a drink and snack.
For more information contact Gill McCulley on 01457 870364. Meeting points and times are subject to change so please check before each event.