Aban­doned land is trans­formed into fan­tas­tic bird haven

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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

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