Com­mu­nity cre­ates car­pet of blue­bells


TEN thou­sand bulbs have been planted to cre­ate a car­pet of blue­bells for the com­mu­nity.

It was a real team ef­fort when school chil­dren, ac­tion group mem­bers and busi­nesses in Sut­ton pitched in to raise money for blue­bell bulbs and planted them along the path to Cop Meadow park.

The path had be­come over­grown and un­tidy but af­ter be­ing cleared by staff from the coun­cil’s Ansa En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, the com­mu­nity worked to­gether to buy thou­sands of English blue­bells with dona­tions from res­i­dents, the Three Vil­lages Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group CIC and busi­nesses.

Lane Ends Farm Shop be­came the fo­cal point for fundrais­ing by tak­ing dona­tions.

The plant­ing took place over three days with res­i­dents, chil­dren from Hollinhey Pri­mary School and users from the Rossendale Trust char­ity help­ing.

Kevin Hoines, who led the project, said: “The area along the path­way will re­ally ben­e­fit from this com­mu­nity project.

“The blue­bells will flower in April and May and bring in­cred­i­ble flow­ers and fra­grance, grad­u­ally nat­u­ral­is­ing over time and cre­at­ing a blue car­pet for ev­ery­one to en­joy.”

Mem­bers of Sut­ton com­mu­nity cel­e­brate com­plet­ing the job

Ge­orge Or­well’s Road to Wi­gan Pier took in Mac­cles­field 80 years ago

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