Further Grant Success for Holmes Chapel’s Dane Meadow

September 2, 2013 Carole Humber Events

Holmes Chapel have had further success in obtaining grants to improve the Dane Meadow to the north of the village which is the only significant green space in the village. Only last week contractors began work on new paths in the area so that access will be easier for all including anyone with a disability. (see picture below showing John Clowes (Holmes Chapel Parish Council), Tim Allen(Architect CEC) and Andy Kelly (George Cox Ltd) – discussing the plans now work has started on site) This first phase is funded jointly by Natural England who have provided grants totalling £148,000 and the Holmes Chapel Parish Council who have contributed £58,000.
Now a further grant from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Co.) of £30,000 and £10,000 from the Parish Council will allow a nature trail to be created through the area along with two ponds, a bird feeding area and a viewing platform. This will all be supplemented with interpretative displays and links to a web site.

The Dane Valley Programme Board set up by the Parish Council and the Holmes Chapel Partnership to oversee the improvements to the Dane Valley have been active in obtaining the grants. John Clowes, the Chairman, said the second grant would allow work to attract a wider range of visitor and introduce new comers to the Country Park on Holmes Chapel’s doorstep. He also praised the support of staff at Cheshire East Council who have provided professional services from a number of departments and will be overseeing the work on site.
The underlying purpose was to retain the “natural environment” but encourage more people to visit, participate in its development and maintenance and provide an educational resource for our schools and adult population. A significant shortfall which is now being remedied is the inability to attract the less able due to access issues which were identified as key in the development.

The local public have been encouraged to get involved and a volunteer group ‘The Friends of Dane Meadow’ has been set up to help with practical tasks such as ground clearance and to monitor the wild life on the site. Hazel Sutcliffe who leads the group was delighted with the news and said this will allow us to introduce a variety of habitats such as ponds and bird feeders and increase the biodiversity of the site. The ‘Friends’ plan is for regular meetings from 10.00 hrs on the last Sunday in each month to carry out practical activities and begin work on various plant and animal surveys. People who want to be involved and are not yet on the mailing list should contact the group via Danemeadow@hotmail.co.uk.

28 August 2013

John Clowes (Holmes Chapel Parish Council), Tim Allen(Architect CEC) and Andy Kelly (George Cox Ltd) in discussion.

Discussion with hardhars



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