• Summer Scything Events @ Mersey Vale Nature Park

    Here’s your chance to have a go at the old art of scything and help maintain areas of species-rich grassland at Mersey Vale Nature Park (MVNP) which are a vital source of habitat and food for wildlife. We are delighted that Adam from Cheshire Wildlife Trust is returning this year to lead the MVNP scything […]

    Continue reading
  • Siding’s Orchard gets some TLC (tree loving care)

    On Sunday, a group of regular orchard volunteers & others keen to learn about pruning braved the cold weather to give the fruit trees at the Sidings Orchard in Mersey Vale Nature Park a long needed prune.           Pruning is an essential part of keeping fruit trees healthy and productive and […]

    Continue reading
  • Making space for St Winifred’s new Forest School

    This Sunday we joined forces with Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) to help the teachers and parents at St Winifred’s RC Primary School begin the task of creating a Forest School area where the children can go to explore the natural world in a safe environment. The volunteers, led by CWT Volunteer Co-ordinator, worked hard to […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • Stockport Express advertises “July Blitz”

    “Volunteers on a mission” – that’s us! Help rescue our park from this invasive thug during July, every Thursday evening and Sunday morning. Click EVENTS to see when we are next Balsam pulling and what’s involved.

    Continue reading