Lottery funding to benefit Riverside

September 2011












A party of volunteers stabilising a bank of the Weir Pool in Nantwich's Riverside 

Picture: James Thompson


James Thompson, Executive Director of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC, has supplied the following press release.

LOCAL organisations have got together to ensure that green spaces on the banks of the River Weaver in Nantwich continue to be maintained and improved.

    Money from the Big Lottery Fund has been awarded for a programme of community engagement and training opportunities linked with the maintenance and improvement of important habitats and landscape features on the Nantwich Riverside.

    Working in partnership with the Nantwich-based community interest company Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC, local community group Riverside Concern has managed to attract



£8,000 of funding which will see a one-year programme of land-based training opportunities delivered by BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) Cheshire, and Greenspaces.

    The programme will include introductory sessions and certificated training courses for local college students and other interested adults and will include activities such as woodland and wildflower meadow maintenance, willow pollarding and coppicing and hedge laying. 


Tony Tengwall, Chairman of Riverside Concern said: "Itís all about partnership working and thanks to an initial grant from Nantwich Town Council of £1,000 we have been able to use this as match funding to attract significant investment from the Big Lottery Fund.



  "We are pleased this funding bid has been successful as we were very concerned about lack of funds for the area for 2011/2012."


Jeff Stubbs, Chairman of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC added: "There will be a good opportunity here for anyone wishing to gain skills and experience in environmental management to enhance their CV. It will also increase the local skills and knowledge base and safeguard the management of some of our important open green spaces in the town."


Anyone wishing to get involved with improving the Nantwich Riverside and gain new skills and qualifications, can contact to register their interest.


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