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Boarshaw Clough

Throughout the Natural Neighbourhood project we will be fixing footpaths and the ‘events space’ at Boarshaw Clough, fixing the seating and clearing the area of fly tipping waste and litter.

We will be collaborating with our Spaces to Connect project too, who will be supporting a new Friends of Boarshaw Clough group. Together we will run a number of community events throughout the Autumn, Winter and Spring of 2021/22.

Summit Nature Reserve

The main activities being undertaken by the team at Summit Nature reserve as part of the Natural Neighbourhoods project include removing Himalayan Balsam (an invasive species) and improving footpaths and the bridge. Opportunities for public engagement will take place in the Autumn, Winter and Spring of 2021/22 where we will host a range of community events.

Watch this space for more details.

Trafford Ecology Park

We are requesting the support of local businesses in Trafford Park to support our delivery of the Natural Neighbourhoods project in the industrially based Trafford Ecology Park. If you would like to work alongside our team on a corporate volunteering day please do not hesitate to get in touch.

A big thank you to Trafford Park based company Cargill, who’s employees are volunteering on the 13th and 20th August from 8am – 5pm. Volunteers are encouraged to join these days of action too however they will need to register in advance by contacting Fran Sullivan (details below).

Important tasks to complete here include footpath and woodland management as well as the development of nature trails and pond improvements.


We are collaborating with nearby community group, Friends of Alkrington Woods to ensure work at the Irkside nature site benefits both local people and wildlife.

The team have started on woodland management and the excavation of a pond, which will allow for a more open site.

We are planning some community events towards the end of Summer 2021 and encourage local schools to get in touch if they wish to be part of this community project.

Roch Valley

Roch Valley has an important hay meadow which need careful management so to protect the biodiversity that lives there. Throughout the late Summer and into Autumn we will be running include family hay cutting days using traditional hay cutting methods.

Our Natural Neighbourhoods team will also be helping to protect the Meadow Saxifrage, a native flower which gives this site biological significance.

If you would like to get involved in the activities at our nature sites please contact

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