Abandoned land is transformed into fantastic bird haven
AN estate has welcomed some new winged residents after an avian haven was built on a previously neglected piece of land.
The idea to create Kendal Road Bird Sanctuary on the Weston estate emerged after residents formed a group to think of ways to enhance the area.
A consultation was carried out and school pupils helped draw up plans, before Ansa Environmental Services, the council’s operating company for parks and grounds management, carried out the building work. The sanctuary was officially opened by Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, the Mayor of Cheshire East, who met the children and staff from Ansa who worked on the project.
During the construction pupils from St John the Evangelist Church of England Primary School built and decorated bird boxes, and provided drawings and information about the local wildlife that may inhabit the site.
Cheshire East park ranger Ed Pilkington also carved a squirrel and the legs for a new sign.
Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East’s cabinet member for service commissioning, said: “This is a really great community partnership project which has improved the quality of life for people living in the area.”
The work to create the bird sanctuary was funded by community contributions and Section 106 monies, which are payments made by developers to reduce the environmental impact of new buildings.
●● Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald at the opening of the sanctuary, with schoolchildren, Coun Alift Harewood and Coun Carolyn Andrew
●● Cheshire East Ranger Ed Pilkington carved a quirrels and the posts for a new sign at the site