Dane Meadow is a 7 hectare area of land to the north of Holmes Chapel within the Dane Valley. It is an unspoilt, natural environment that was mainly used by those walking dogs, a few fishermen and some casual walkers. It had the potential to be a wonderful asset to many more residents of Holmes Chapel if it was made more “user-friendly”. The development of the Dane Meadow is a joint project between Holmes Chapel Parish Council, Cheshire East Borough Council and Holmes Chapel Partnership.
In 2013 a substantial grant was obtained from Natural England under their P4C scheme to upgrade the paths to make the Dane Meadow accessible all year round to everyone. The new improved roadway (designated as a Bridleway) provides access for disabled vehicles and a limited parking area near the river. The work was started in August 2013 and is now complete.
A further grant was obtained from WREN, the waste recycling organisation, to amplify the interest and biodiversity of the site. A viewing platform, two ponds (one with a dipping platform) and a bird hide have been installed along with a number of informative and decorative signs and art work designed by Christine Wilcox-Baker and crafted by Dave Broadbent. QR codes around the site link back to this website and provide further information about what you see.
The long term management and future direction of activity in the Dane Meadow is the responsibility of a group of volunteers called “Friends of Dane Meadow”. The purpose of this web site is to keep the community informed of ongoing activity, explain the background to the project and encourage discussion via blogs. If you would be interested in getting involved in maintaining and shaping this wonderful natural resource for future generations, we would be delighted if you would join us!