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