A popular green space is to get a makeover so it can be continue to be enjoyed by local residents.
Jet Amber Fields, owned by Landcare Manchester Ltd, in Denton, has long been a favourite spot for families, walkers and dogwalkers.
Now Tameside Council – working with Andrew Gwynne MP, Landcare and the charity Grantscape – has secured £14,000 external funding from Bradley Park Community Fund to upgrade and maintain the site for future community use.
The work, which began in February, 2016, includes: provision of seating, picnic benches and bird and bat boxes; the creation of a footpath; strimming and regular hedge and tree trimming.
Local volunteers are also being encouraged to get involved in the ongoing upkeep of the area.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Clean and Green and Denton North East ward member Cllr Allison Gwynne said:
“Jet Amber Fields is wonderful community asset, enjoyed by many, and is also a haven for local wildlife. I’m delighted that we have been able to work with partners to secure external funding so we can make optimum use of the site now and in the future and I would encourage local people to get involved.”
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“This site was reclaimed as a former tip by the old Greater Manchester Council in the 1970s and converted back to open countryside. It is an integral part of the Tame Valley and well used by lots of local people for recreational space.
“When Greater Manchester Waste transferred the site to Landcare, all maintenance stopped. It’s great that we’ve now managed to form a partnership between the owners and Tameside Council to have the site managed, maintained and improved as valued open space.”
To find out more about volunteering at Jet Amber Fields e-mail garry.parker [at] tameside.gov.uk