Grant to help nature reserve and ecosystem flourish

TRANSPENNINE Express, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, is to donate more than £12,000 to three community and environmental initiatives, including one in Stalybridge.


Chadwick Dam, Stalybridge

Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises has been awarded £3,498 to redevelop a nature reserve and create an aquatic ecosystem within Chadwick Dam in Stalybridge.

Karen Rees-Unwin, managing director of Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises, said: “We are proud that our application has been successful.

“This award will be used to build an easy access platform to offer disabled and non-disabled access for the purpose of pond dipping and angling on Chadwick Dam.

“Furthermore, the funds will be used to purchase materials for the creation of a floating planting platforms upon the lake to promote and regenerate the ecosystem and contribute to protecting the wildlife.

“The creation of this nature area will involve local schools, colleges and community charities who work with young people.

“We are extremely grateful for this award, especially as it gives us a focal point for the regeneration of Chadwick Dam, enabling us to enhance and protect the natural beauty of this area to inspire activities which promote health, community and education.

“Examples of such activities include fishing, walking, running, water sports, and cycling and the offering of a beautiful space for people to take a picnic to.”

Community and environmental projects across the North of England and Scotland were invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the TPE Transform Fund and the lucky recipients have now been confirmed.

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