• Bramble Control at Mersey Vale Nature Park

    HMVCG volunteers returned today to a wintry Mersey Vale Nature Park to continue the task of cutting back the brambles, non native shrubs and self seeded trees from the top path behind Craig Road, overlooking the wildlife pond. Apart from helping to keep this path open for walkers, this management work is essential to maintaining […]

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  • Walk The Main Line to Mersey Vale

    A wildlife-rich stroll along old railways to the riverside path back to base Walk is about 1¾ miles, largely on tarred or compacted-surface paths and tracks and mostly level. Wear stout shoes or trainers. Not suitable for wheelchairs due to a few narrow and rough stretches of path and one set of steps. Buggies should […]

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  • Park and Bowl Reconnected

    When we arrived on this sunny November morning the bank behind the park railings overlooking Vale Close and the Bowl was so overgrown that all that was visible was brambles and nettles. Hover over the image below to see the view 3 hours later.   And this is how it happened …… Would you like […]

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  • View of Bowl restored from Vale Close

    This Sunday volunteers swapped rakes and forks for loppers and saws and set to on the overgrown area of Vale Close to restore the viewing point across the Bowl. Hundreds of saplings needed to be cleared but, as each layer was cut back, we gradually saw the Bowl beyond reveal itself and this spurred us […]

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  • 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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