We are delighted to announce that the Woodland Trust has chosen our ‘Woodland Walk’ project at Mersey Vale Nature Park as one of three projects in the region to receive a cash award from Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ fund.
The next step is customer voting to determine how much we will receive.
Shoppers at the stores listed below will be given a token at the checkout so they can vote for their favourite project. The project with the most votes will receive the top award of £12,000, second place gets £10,000 and third place £8,000.
To help us deliver all our project aims (described below) please vote for us at any of the following Tesco stores between 31st October and 13th November 2016.
• BURNAGE Superstore
• EAST DIDSBURY Superstore
• DIDSBURY EXPRESS
• LEVENSHULME METRO
• DROYLSDEN Superstore
• MANCHESTER GORTON Extra
About our ‘Woodland Walk’ project:
Developed by us in partnership with the Greenspace team at Stockport and Cheshire Wildlife Trust, it focuses on the 500m long embankment path that runs between the two disused railway bridges in Mersey Vale Nature Park. The images below show some of the area as it is today
Over the years, the vegetation has grown to the extent that in summer the main path is narrow, dark and enclosed, limiting the diversity of habitat, plants and wildlife and causing many people to avoid or feel uneasy using it.
With the top award, we can create here a wonderful Woodland Walk that provides a more open and lighter aspect and richer ground flora, with a welcoming entrance sign (with a map showing walks and features), resting points, mile markers and information boards describing the plants, wildlife and views. We can also clear around the ornamental ironwork at the top of the railway bridges as well as the nearby pond, to help improve pond quality and make it more accessible, and run events making bird and bat boxes, hedge laying and health and nature walks.