Sale wildlife haven gets new lease of life

9 August 2016

Broad Ees Dole, adjacent to Sale Water Park, will be given a much-needed makeover thanks to a £30,000 funding boost.

An important refuge in the busy Sale Water Park site in Trafford, new funding provided from the sale of carrier bags through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, as well as the SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust), will ensure visitors can make full use of this urban oasis.

Designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 2003 Broad Ees Dole is a grade A Site of Biological Interest which means it holds value for locally significant species such as birds, butterflies and bees.

The project is part of the City of Trees movement, and will deliver a programme of volunteer conservation tasks and training sessions as well as refurbishing the bird-hide, installing on-site maps and QR codes to help people learn more about wetland wildlife.

Hilary Wood from the City of Trees team, comments; “This funding will enable us to make much-needed improvements to this wonderful wildlife haven. The site has been under-used in recent years and we hope this new lease of life will ensure the local community and visitors feel a sense of pride and ownership for this fantastic local resource”.

New signage will also be put up close to the Sale Water Park metrolink station, which opened in 2015, increasing the number of visitors to the site.

Marianne Ivin of SUEZ Communities Trust adds; “This project was funded through our Accessing Nature fund and is a great example of how we can get people back into nature and enjoying the wildlife havens that are all around us.”

Trafford’s Executive Member for Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure, Cllr John Reilly, said: “We welcome the investment in this local nature reserve, which provides another valuable local green space within the Borough. I am sure once the works are complete they will make the area even more attractive and inviting for locals and visitors of all ages.”

As well as a grant from SUEZ Communities Trust, funding has also been secured from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, with the project chosen by Tesco customers to receive a grant of £10,000.

Through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 were awarded to charities and groups across the UK for environmental improvement projects, with a total of £11.5 million raised from the sale of Tesco bags since October 2015.

Over 1,000 community projects will benefit from Tesco’s scheme in total, which is expected to be one of the biggest environmental improvement drives the UK has ever seen.

Since the introduction of the charge in October, customers in England use 30 million fewer bags every week, a reduction of almost 80%.