Mar 8 2010 Halton Borough Council, It's Our World
A unique venture to draw together the communities of Runcorn, Widnes and Warrington has begun with the start of the Artery of Life project.
Local people are being asked to get involved in this new initiative to put residents in touch with the landscapes and wildlife around them, using the upper Mersey Estuary as the focal point.
Lottery funding has been awarded enabling a project officer to take on board this exciting three-year initiative and engage with people to fully utilise the many natural resources and sites around the Mersey Estuary for the benefit of the communities.
Unfortunately access to some of these places and knowledge of the area is limited and many people aren’t aware of what’s on their door step. This project is hoped to be the first step in changing the way the estuary is viewed and used for future generations.
This positive project aims to encourage people to understand, appreciate and enjoy the outdoors through a range of activities that will appeal to everyone. One of the ultimate lasting aims is to create an Upper Mersey Estuary Nature Reserve.
Cllr Phil Harris, Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board member for Environment said: “This scheme is an ideal opportunity for local people to get involved in the natural environment, with the river getting cleaner, and more people becoming concerned about their environment.
“The many strands of the project, which will include film-making, bike trails, and better access and opportunities for education will bring long term benefits for all.”
Project officer, Anthony Brandreth, added: “Among the various elements of the scheme we hope to deliver are Extraordinary Encounters sessions allowing people to get up close and personal with local wildlife, Talking Heads book, film and audio trail to explore people’s memories of the last 50 years life in and around the river, and Wild Child, a place for children of pre-school age to access wild play opportunities with their parents and guardians.”
Artery of Life is funded via the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Natural England, Halton and Warrington Borough Councils. The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.
For further details, and to get involved, contact Anthony on 01928 583905 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
And look out for the new Artery of Life website online soon!