Popular country park in Greater Manchester to get massive £100,000 revamp, The Manc

Popular country park in Greater Manchester to get massive £100,000 revamp

The transformation of Wellacre Country Park will improve the site’s biodiversity and bring better access to nature for local people.

A popular country park in Trafford is set to receive a massive revamp after funding was successfully secured.

Almost £100,000 is being pumped into the transformation of Wellacre Country Park in Urmston, with the improvement of footpaths, bolstered wildlife habitats, and installation of new signs all in the pipeline as work is due to start on the huge project imminently

It comes after conservation charity City of Trees secured £71,142 from Veolia Environmental Trust and a further £25,000 from Trafford Council to carry out the works.

The project will improve the site’s biodiversity and bring better access to nature for local people – which Trafford Council said is vital as part of the post-pandemic green recovery in the borough.

Some of the major improvements set to be carried out include renewing a main footpath from Ambleside to Carrington Road to improve access and enhance safety, as well as replacing all signage and enhancing wildlife habitats across the park.

On top of that, new information boards and signs will be installed across the site to provide local wildlife and heritage information, and encourage people to explore other local sites and routes as the parks links well to the Urmston Active Neighbourhood and wider Mersey Valley.

The project will improve the site’s biodiversity and bring better access to nature for local people – vital as part of the post-pandemic green recovery.

The improvements will include renewing a main footpath from Ambleside to Carrington Road to improve access and enhance safety, as well as replacing all signage and enhancing wildlife habitats across the park. There will also be volunteer conservation days so that residents can be part of the transformation of this important green asset.

Habitat enhancements through woodland management, wildflower planting, grassland management and invasive species control will also be carried out.

It’s hoped that local schools and residents will be in the revamp process too.

“This is fantastic news for Wellacre Country Park and I am delighted that Trafford Council was able to help fund the work which is due to take place.” said Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services.

“Trafford Council is passionate about the environment and we are committed to improving all of Trafford’s green spaces for future generations to enjoy, recognising the multiple benefits they bring.

“It is one of our main priorities and a key part of our pandemic recovery and climate emergency response through nature.”

Popular country park in Greater Manchester to get massive £100,000 revamp, The Manc
Almost £100,000 is being pumped into the revamp of Wellacre Country Park in Urmston / Credit: City of Trees

El Walker – spokesperson from City of Trees – added: “We are delighted to have secured this funding as part of our commitment to the Trafford Countryside Management Partnership [as] Wellacre Country Park is a beautifully diverse site with lots of potential for both visitors and wildlife.

“We are looking forward to involving the community in our volunteer days when we can.”

Featured Image – Trafford Council

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