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Volunteers from TEP help to support community access project at Colliers Moss

08 December 2016

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Thanks to the staff from TEP's Warrington office, a huge leap forward was made last Friday at Collier's Moss, St.Helens. 18 members of staff swapped their desks for bow saws and loppers to clear nearly 250m of overgrown footpath.

Colliers Moss North is a 55 hectare former colliery spoil tip that forms part of the wider network of green space known as Bold Forest Park. The site has an extensive network of paths, but many of these have become overgrown and therefore uninviting for visitors to the site. Work has been ongoing to open up these paths to encourage greater use of the site by local people.

Carl Smethurst from The Mersey Forest who is project managing the site said:

"Most of the vegetation that had to be removed was small trees such as willow, birch and alder that have naturally colonised the tip. Clearing these was an ideal job for volunteers with hand tools and has made a real improvement to the footpath in just one day. We are really grateful for the generosity of TEP for their time and effort – without volunteer input we just couldn't achieve what we want to on the site".

Principal Landscape Architect Volunteer Leader, Tracy Snell explains

"As a company TEP have implemented a CSR policy which aims to promote volunteering by staff for local community benefit, both related to what we do and for the community in general. In the past we have worked very closely with The Mersey Forest on various projects and we were delighted to be able to contribute to this community project in our local area. We had a great day, it was nice to get out of the office and contribute to such a worthy community project."

Funding from the WREN FCC Biodiversity Action Fund was used to buy tools and equipment for volunteer work on Colliers Moss, as part of a programme of improvements for wildlife and people.

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