• Local people pull together

    Last Sunday, encouraged by the vast improvement made to the Sidings Orchard the weekend before (see previous post), the volunteers came back to finish the job. Even better, more people joined us and like a well oiled machine, the team quickly got to work.  With some people raking up cuttings and others carrying them to […]

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  • The Sidings Orchard Re-emerges

    This Sunday proved to be another fruitful day for our wonderful volunteers!  The fruit trees planted at this community orchard in the last decade were being swamped by scrub. But now, after a full morning of work (check out our photo-story below), they can prosper and the area be enjoyed by visitors to the Mersey […]

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  • Vale Close Grassland Management

    It’s amazing how much seven volunteers can do in just 1 hour on a warm, summer evening ……… Standing and fallen decaying wood and old plants are very important for wildlife.  See below how we created wildlife habitat from the scub that had dominated this area.  Click here to find out about making a home […]

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  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust to help us with Heaton Mersey’s Greenspaces

    For weeks now a committed group of local residents have been giving up some of their spare time to help rid the park of the Himalayan Balsam – not a skilful task but something that needs doing. And last Sunday morning looked to be more of the same. But then Adam Machin – a Volunteer […]

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  • Successful Balsam Bash on Sunday 21 June

    Twenty volunteers turned up in Heaton Mersey Park last Sunday morning (21 June) and set to work literally pulling out thousands of plants. (The roots are so shallow, you can easily get a handful out in one pull.)                   Concerned villagers turned out, not just HMVCG-ers. Councillor […]

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  • Avian Antics On The River Mersey

    It’s that time of year, when resident birds and migrants all set about perpetuating their species. Our little stretch of the Mersey Valley is a pretty good place to do a spot of casual birdwatching, with a great variety of feathered friends going about their business here. Use this as an excuse to take a […]

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  • Heaton Mersey: A Stroll Through Time

    At our last open meeting our favourite local historian, Audrey Butler took us on a literary stroll of the history of Heaton Mersey – from when the bleachworks opened up to modern day Heaton Mersey.  It was an informative evening and good to hear from local residents their recollections of past Heaton Mersey. HMVCG’s has […]

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  • Mersey Valley Feathers & Fur

    It was a flash of white half-glimpsed beyond the thick tangle of hawthorns, crack-willows and alders that caught my old mate Taff’s eye. The handsome devil (the bird, not Taff) proved to be a male goosander [a saw-billed duck] paddling easily against the current, regularly diving into the depths in pursuit of fishy fodder. Several […]

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