College is the main partner for new group









Reaseheath College - main partner of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC


Main picture by Bill Pearson / Reaseheath College

Picture of Margaret Bardsley (below) by Reaseheath College

James Thompson, Greenspaces Executive Director, writes:


WE have been working hard behind the scenes to secure future funding for Greenspaces South Cheshire. We have formed a Community Interest Company, and have been successful in attracting interest from other funding organisations.

   Our main partner is Reaseheath College, Nantwich, who have provided us with essential start up funding in return for future training and activity days with the students and clients of the college.

   Director of Business Development at Reaseheath College, Margaret Bardsley (right), told us: “We have been impressed with this group’s commitment to community participation in looking after their local environment as well as their perseverance. We are pleased to be collaborating with them and are actively planning our projects together. Their ethos of community involvement fits perfectly with our own as well as providing situations for hands-on training for our students in their local areas”.

   As well as Reaseheath College, the directors of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC – Jeff Stubbs, (Chairman); Doug Butterill (Company Secretary); and James Thompson (Executive Director) – have helped local residents’ group, Riverside Concern, secure a £3,000 grant from Cheshire Community Action - Grass Roots Grants funding stream.  This funding is to be instrumental in ensuring that improvements and habitats as implemented by the Nantwich Riverside Project continue to be suitably cared for and maintained and, most importantly, that the local community continues to be engaged and involved with improving their local environment.  


    Building on their past successes in recent years, the local primary schools led by Weaver Primary head, Gill Price, will soon be enjoying a Green Day activity day facilitated by Greenspaces down by the riverside as well as helping to improve and plant up their open spaces.


CHAIRMAN of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC, Jeff Stubbs said:

“We are pleased that Reaseheath College have realised the potential in this local initiative and most grateful for the essential funding from them which will catalyse the whole process.  This is an exciting new way of working and we are pleased that the local volunteer and business community are on board with this new venture which will deliver an enhanced local environment and improved quality of life for the residents of South Cheshire”.


STAPELEY Parish Council has also asked Greenspaces to help local families and volunteers to improve a disused pond and empty land off Talbot Way and the group will be talking with Wulvern Housing regarding the possibility of working in partnership to improve some of their key areas of open space in Crewe.


lAnyone wishing to volunteer to improve local green spaces should please contact James Thompson on 07887 822936 or email


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