Community group plants 300 wildflowers at the entrance to Ellesmere Port's Rivacre Valley

18 November 2015

The ‘Friends of Rivacre Valley’ group and fellow volunteers have planted more than 300 wildflowers around the main entrance to Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve.

Housing Association Plus Dane donated the funds to pay for the wildflower plants, which are a mixture of native perennials for meadows and pastures that will provide a rich source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects, during the summer months and later by seed eating birds. 

Rivacre Valley covers 300 acres of countryside and is ideal for quiet walks, watching wildlife and picnicking, and is the responsibility of Cheshire West and Chester Council along with 19 other country parks across West Cheshire.

There are a variety of community activities and events taking place throughout the year. Details are available in one of the out and about brochures found in local libraries or on www.yourwestcheshire.co.uk.

This was the first initiative to brighten up the reserve by Friends of Rivacre Valley. The group also aim to place some annual wildflowers in other areas to create a diverse and rich patch of grassland in the future.

Netherpool Councillor Diane Roberts said: “The friends of Rivacre Valley are a dedicated bunch of individuals who have done a fantastic job in planting the wildflower plugs. I am looking forward to seeing what else is planted at the next event.

“I encourage anyone to join the volunteering group and I guarantee that you will get so much more out of the projects than you ever imagined. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and to make a difference in the community.” Regular visitors to Rivacre Valley have shown their appreciation to the volunteers by setting up a Facebook group ‘Rivacre Valley appreciation group.’ 

Friends of Rivacre Valley are always keen to recruit new members to support the group’s work and provide help to future events. To find out more information about how to become involved call or email the Ranger within the Green Space team based at Rivacre Valley On 0151 337 6338 or timothy.lloyd@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

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