Tales from the Riverside

  February 2011 (Updated in November 2016)



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.

Community group's grant saves project






The River Weaver as it flows towards the former mill site, passing between a recent footpath arranged by the Nantwich Riverside Project and the Waterlode - the town's inner ring road beyond the trees.

THANKS to a grant from Cheshire Community Action and their grass roots grants programme, local Nantwich group Riverside Concern has managed to garner funding to maintain some of the improvements made by the now defunct Nantwich Riverside Project that was run by two borough councils in turn.

   An essential grant of £3,000 was awarded last year and has enabled Riverside Concern to work in partnership with local community interest company Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) to maintain specific areas on some of the town’s key green space on the Nantwich Riverside.

   Work has built on strong partnerships forged during the times of the Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council (which was succeeded by Cheshire East Borough Council) Nantwich Riverside Project and has seen the delivery of a programme of activities and events including regular conservation volunteer sessions, training courses provided for Reaseheath College and


River Study Days in conjunction with local primary schools.


Tony Tengwall, Chairman of Riverside Concern said: "The funding from Cheshire Community Action has filled a huge gap and enabled us to work together with local individuals, groups and charities to rescue the habitats and assets created by volunteers and the borough council in previous years.  Areas were starting to noticeably deteriorate and it was a real worry to the group and other local users of the area.

   However, the funding will run out very shortly and we are currently seeking support for 2011. We have had the promise of a grant of £1,000 from Nantwich Town Council which is very welcome and hope to be working closely with them in the future when control of our open spaces potentially becomes more localised."

   The group hopes that this new wave of community empowerment and partnership can continue to grow and is now looking to seek views on priorities for the maintenance and improvement of the Nantwich



Riverside and review progress before the new financial year. 

   The programme of work has been a real success and demonstrates the power of local community action and what can be achieved. 

   This programme of work has revitalised the area and brought groups and individuals back together for a common cause whilst also unlocking a further £1,500 of investment into the Riverside area through local donations and from other smaller funding streams.

   We feel that this is a great example of community empowerment and shows that we can continue investing in and maintaining our local green spaces despite local and national funding cuts. We just need to think differently and take some local responsibility.



lTo volunteer for Riverside Concern or get involved with Greenspaces South Cheshire please contact Tony Tengwall at riverside.concern@btinternet.com or James Thompson at Greenspaces@hotmail.co.uk.

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