Tales from the Riverside

   May 2009 (2)




James Thompson, former Nantwich Riverside Project Manager for two borough councils, and

now Executive Director of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC, is a familiar face around

 the banks of the River Weaver. Here, he tells about the latest events down on the Riverside


Group donates tree to replace poplars






Members of the Open House Group at the oak tree site 

THE following is Press release sent out by James Thompson:


HELP has been at hand for the Nantwich Riverside Project with assistance from the Open House Group of the Nantwich Methodist Church who have donated a large oak tree for the Airman’s Grave memorial area.

  This generous donation from the group marks the first step in replacing the dangerous hybrid poplar trees present on the open space adjacent to the River Weaver in a bid to improve the local environment and safety of the site. 


   Hybrid poplars were very popular in the 1960s and '70s with many planted in the town favoured for their fast growing characteristics.

   The downside is that they become very weak, particularly in summer months and have a tendency to shed large limbs.

    A large ash tree was also kindly donated by Barcham Trees who supply to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council. Work was undertaken by the borough’s grounds maintenance tree team.

    Richard Pearce of the Open House Group said: "I would like to thank all members of the group who


donated towards this project and the borough council for their assistance with this. We look forward to seeing the trees flourish in what is a lovely area of our historic market town."

   Riverside Project Manager, James Thompson, said: "We are pleased to be working with the group in replacing these inappropriate trees with more suitable native species and would like to thank those who kindly donated towards the cause."


Read about the rogue poplars

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