The Mersey Forest Team has been working alongside a range of partners including Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside; Canal and River Trust; Cheshire Wildlife Trust; Cheshire West and Chester Council; The Weaver Valley Partnership and Weaverham Trust to showcase and conserve Cheshire's rich salt-mining history.
The Saltscape Landscape Partnership is a three-year project which has received a grant of £886,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and restore important features connected to the salt landscape in and around Northwich, Winsford, Frodsham and Middlewich.
The presence of salt has shaped the natural world of the landscape, with many specialist habitats and creatures and gives a wealth of opportunity for local people to explore and discover a living landscape unique to the scheme area. There are many opportunities for people to get involved and find out more about the salt landscape.
The Mersey Forest has been supporting landowners in managing ancient woodland as part of this project. It is part of a wider narrative around the salt industry, which has included the Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich.
For more information on Saltscape and its diverse projects across mid Cheshire please visit www.saltscape.co.uk