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Two decades of woodland volunteering celebrated in Northwich

03 July 2019

Our longest-standing 'Friends Of' group, the Friends of Anderton and Marbury have reached a major milestone with a project celebrating dragonflies. 
More than 60 people turned out in the sunshine to celebrate the completion of the improvements to the dragonfly pond at Northwich's Anderton Nature Park – a new all-access viewing platform and interpretation panel. 

It's the latest project underaken by the Friends of Anderton & Marbury (FoAM) – a group of volunteers which is now celebrating its 20th anniversary! The first trees planted as part of The Mersey Forest 25 years ago were at Anderton Nature Park so we've seen how the area has been transformed thanks to the hard work of volunteers and our partners.

The viewing platform has been designed and constructed by members of the group, and FoAM has produced a leaflet to help identify some of the species visitors might see.

The project was part-funded by chemical company INOVYN through the landfill communities fund with the grant process managed by The Mersey Forest. Other funding came from local councillors' ward budgets.

The new facility was declared open by Jon Whieldon of INOVYN. Jon was particularly impressed by the range of skills of the volunteers who had built the platform and produced the interpretation panel and leaflet. He said, "The funds which INOVYN were able to provide went so much further because of this volunteer input".

Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said, "It was a wonderful achievement made possible by grants from INOVYN and Ward Councillors Members Budgets and the fantastic work of Alan and team of volunteers and Dave James, one of our brilliant Rangers".

FoAM is just one of many Friends groups that are supported by The Mersey Forest. These groups make a huge difference to the success of our local woodlands and they always need new people to get involved. Not one for your local woodland? We're always interested in hearing from people who want to start new groups!

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