Bollin Valley Partnership - What is Happening in the Bollin Valley
Fighting the alien invasion
Alongside the usual footpath maintenance at this time of year, such as strimming miles of footpaths to keep them clear, the rangers are also involved in a nationwide project to control the levels of invasive alien plant species. We would normally have teams of volunteers, corporate groups and scout groups assisting us but this year and last, due to the pandemic we have had to try to keep on top of it ourselves apart from a couple of small working parties. Pictured here is a volunteer at the Carrs, Wilmslow after a long morning clearing Himalayan Balsam.
Getting ready for spring
March for the ranger team is all about finishing off the last of the winter works and getting countryside sites ready for the busy spring and summer period. This has been an ongoing battle this year as the sites have been so busy but we've still managed lots of tree planting, footpath repairs, footpath surfacing as well as all the extra maintenance due to the increase in visitors. Pictured here is some fencing being completed in the Styal area ready for the cattle to be turned out in April.
Carbon neutral Cheshire East
The Bollin Valley Partnership are involved in a number of schemes to help in the fight against global warming. This winter we have been planting trees in locations all along the valley. Pictured here is a scheme at Macclesfield Riverside Park where 250 Willow, Elm and Alder trees have been planted next to the River Bollin to both enhance the habitat and provide long term river bank protection. The fencing is to protect the small trees and will be removed after a few years when they have become established.
Flooding In the Valley
With the very wet start to 2021 there has been a lot of flooding in the Bollin Valley. The photo to the left shows a flooded field adjacent to the Lymm Railway Line. The top of the kissing gate at the start of a path that crosses this field (not visible in this photo) is only just above the flood waters on the day this photo was taken.
If you are out for a walk at the moment it is sensible to have a map with you incase your intended route is blocked and wellies are definitely a good idea!
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