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Victoria Park woodland spruced up thanks to local company

27 September 2016

Visitors to Victoria Park in Widnes can now enjoy a stroll round a revamped woodland trail, thanks to funding from local chemicals manufacturer INOVYN.

Local community group Victoria Park Environment Team (VPET) have been working with Halton Borough Council to manage the wooded areas of the park. This new funding has enabled the group to give the woodland glades a makeover, installing new features for visitors – both of the human and animal variety.


New seating and information panels have been installed along the woodland trail, and wildflowers and bulbs planted to bring colour to beneath the tree canopy. Bird and squirrel feeding stations and a bug hotel aim to attract more biodiversity within the site.


The work has been possible thanks to a £3600 from INOVYN, given as part of the Landfill Communities Fund in partnership with The Mersey Forest.


Janet Ward from INOVYN, commented


"VPET's enthusiastic volunteers have done a great job of making these improvements to Victoria Park. We hope more local residents explore and enjoy these woodlands on their doorsteps."

Hard working volunteers from VPET have been improving the woodland since 2000, including planting new trees, installing wooden sculptures, laying a bark path and creating features such as a bat hibernaculum.


Steph Davies, VPET said


"We have a regular group of dedicated volunteers who give up their time to help with many different projects around the park, the woodland area is a great wildlife haven - now made better through feeding stations which we will keep well stocked."


The funding has also allowed the group to buy their own grounds maintenance equipment to help keep the woodland healthy and accessible.

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