Former landfill site transformed into wildlife and community area

Sunny Bank Vale on Ash Road in Droylsden, a former landfill site received the Green Flag Community Award after Tameside volunteer group the Friends of Sunny Bank Vale spent four years regenerating the space, going through a stringent and complex inspection before a panel of judges.
The Friends of Sunny Bank Vale formed in 2011 after local residents were unhappy about the condition of the 39-acre area former landfill site and have completely transformed into a wildlife and community area
Local business Hadfield Wood Recyclers helped towards the project by donating sheets of plywood to be used to create bird boxes, have helped encourage wildlife back into the area and the group has also recently put down owl and kestrel boxes to encourage wildlife into the area.
Howard Boots, chair of the group said: “The site was dreadful and been neglected for more than 20 years, so we just had to do something.
“We formed in 2011 and decided to try and make the area more inviting to people and also for wildlife.
“Our aim was to create a nice environment for animals, plans and insects without losing the natural elements of the area.
“We wanted it to be a nice place for generations to come.
“We’re really pleased and proud at what our group has been able to achieve in the last four years.
“It’s fantastic to also be recognised for our efforts. “We hope more and more people will enjoy the space just as much as we do.”
He said without the help and support of the volunteers and local businesses like Hadfields, Sunny Bank Vale wouldn’t be what it is today.
Vicki Hughes, Group Business Development Manager at Hadfields said: “We believe it is important for businesses to give something back to the community and we are pleased that we have been able to be a part of this brilliant project.
“It’s great to see the Friends of Sunny Bank Vale have got the recognition they deserve,” she added.

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