Holmes Chapel’s Country Park on the Doorstep Dane Meadow work starts on 19th August 2013

August 18, 2013 Carole Humber Events

The Dane Meadow Programme Board, a group set up by the Parish Council and the Holmes Chapel Partnership to oversee the improvements to the Dane Meadow site to the north side of Holmes Chapel have been successful with a grant application for  over £148,000. A further grant application to WREN  has been submitted to cover a nature trail, a bird feeding station and ponds on the site.

The successful grant, from Natural England under a grant scheme called Paths for Communities, is for the cost of creating a Public Right of Way through the Dane Meadow site.  The Parish Council, who have also set aside over £50,000 for the project, had already developed a scheme for improving the infrastructure and drawings were produced by Cheshire East Council of how this could be designed. A contract has now been signed with George Cox and Sons Ltd who will be carrying out the first phase of work starting on August 19th 2013.

The underlying purpose is to retain the “natural environment” on the 11 hectare site but encourage more people to visit, participate in its development and maintenance and provide a splendid educational resource for our schools and adult population. One other significant shortfall now being addressed is the inability to attract the less abled due to access issues which were identified as key in the development. 

This contract will allow us to make a start on the main improvements to the area, in particular improving access to and signage for the Dane Meadow. Improvements  will be made to a new Public Right of Way from one end of the site in Cotton Wood to the junction with Moreton Drive. In addition a bridleway will extend from the end of Daresbury Close to the valley floor allowing disabled vehicles to gain access to the valley floor where there will be a limited (4 spaces) grass parking area.

The local public have been encouraged to get involved and a volunteer group has been set up to help with practical tasks such as ground clearance and the development of wildlife habitats. People who want to be involved and are not yet on the mailing list should contact the group via Danemeadow@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Local schools have been involved  as well as the Scouts and Guides and it is hoped the area will attract all ages and interests to Holmes Chapel’s country park on the doorstep.  A park with woodland, grassland and the River Dane to provide a wide range of wildlife habitats.

 

 

 

John Clowes


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