• Upcoming Task Days and Events

    Task days: We run task days each month at Heaton Mersey Park and Mersey Vale Nature Park. You can just turn up at any time and stay as long as you want. We’d love to see you. Heaton Mersey Park (10am – 12pm) Meet up location is the Bowling Hut on the lower level. Saturday, 2nd November Sunday, […]

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  • Dates for your diary

    Lots of things happening over the next couple of months. Please contact us if you would like further information about any of the following events.  We’ll also add details to our Facebook Page.  Otherwise, just turn up. We’d love to see you. Walk to Orchard, Mersey Vale Nature Park Wed 8th May 6-7pm Start at Crown, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • 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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