Volunteers get stuck into the task

  September 2011
















Barclays staff hard at work clearing the pond.





All pictures: Jeff Stubbs

Jeff Stubbs, Chair of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC, writes:


MORE than 25 volunteers got stuck in - literally - to maintain and improve the Riverside in Nantwich in the first week in June.

   As with Nantwich Civic Society’s Big Spring Clean in April, local volunteers were assisted by 15 members of staff from Barclays headquarters in Knutsford and some local branches, such as Middlewich and Nantwich.

   The first day (Monday, June 6th) saw the willow feature area pruned, weeded and re-woven, together with some vital Himalayan balsam pulling to prevent its spread after flowering.

   The next day, the group tackled the clearing out of the pond just north of Nantwich Lake. Dirty and smelly though the task was, the end result was


excellent because the pond is now a haven for wildlife and plants.

   During the day, schoolchildren from local primary schools (Weaver, Wyche and St. Anne's) went to see the work in readiness for subsequent study later in the year.  

   James Thompson, Executive Director of Greenspaces, said: “Everyone worked hard and the results were terrific. The Riverside needs constant maintenance and we rely on volunteers to do it these days. Hats off to everyone who came to help. The pond was cleared of rubbish, bottles and weeds. It is now back to its original size and is in good condition again.”

lGreenspaces South Cheshire CIC especially appreciate the free loan by K.M.D. Hire Services, of Nantwich, of a much-needed pump and generator. 


Greenspaces volunteer Daren Powell (right) with Barclays' volunteers clearing the pond.











Volunteers in front of the willow feature in Riverside, after clearing and pruning the archway (centre, rear) and other features. Left is James Thompson, Greenspaces South Cheshire Executive Director.














St Anne's school pupils looking at sticklebacks in a jar

held by James Thompson before returning them

to the enlarged and cleared pond.


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