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Conservation project in Astley completed thanks to £30,000 grant

Enovert Community Trust has provided a grant of £30,000 towards a conservation project at Whitehead Hall Meadow Millennium Green in Astley, Greater Manchester. 

The grant from Enovert Community Trust has been used to enhance and conserve 5.5 hectares of grassland, woodland and wetland through a programme of scrub removal, hay cutting and habitat creation. 

The restored landscape now forms an important corridor to nearby Astley Moss, Windy Bank Wood and Botany Bay Wood, enabling wildlife to move freely through the urban landscape. 

The Carbon Landscape Partnership provided project support during the capital works and assisted in the delivery of community-focused volunteer sessions and training courses, together with Lancashire Wildlife Trust. 

Christine Elding, Secretary of the Whitehead Hall Meadow Millennium Green Trust which delivered the project, said: “The green’s biodiversity will benefit from the improvements and it will enhance a vital stepping-stone, which links the moss land habitats to the south with the fenscape wetlands to the north. 

“Additionally, the project has improved more than half a kilometre of public and disabled access throughout the site, while the installation of new gates and fencing has secured the site from anti-social behaviour, which was a major concern from local community during our public consultation. 

“Indeed, the design of the project was heavily influenced by the wishes of local people, and local volunteers were actively involved in all aspects of the project. Hopefully, this community involvement will raise awareness and instil pride in this important habitat and its associated wildlife.” 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust said: "The Trustees were delighted to provide a grant to fund the restoration works at Whitehead Hall Meadow Millennium Green. As a publicly accessible suburban site, the Green is regularly used by the local community and the conservation project has provided the local community with a great opportunity to experience and reconnect with nature.”