Boost for nature lovers

Wheelchair users and pushchair pushers will be able to get closer to nature thanks to improvements to an Eccles nature reserve.

The work at Three Sisters, off Rutland Road, Ellesmere Park, will also improve the home of the creatures which live on site, is being funded by Salford City Council through Section 106 funding which is paid by developers to mitigate the impact of housebuilding.

The work will replace an old jetty over the ponds with a more accessible bankside jetty and pond dipping platform and replace two damaged boardwalks with gravel footpaths which will be more ‘wheel’ friendly. Overgrown vegetation will also be cleared from the ponds and a nearby drainage channel to control the water level and prevent flooding and some of the trees overhanging the ponds will be trimmed to allow more light to reach the water.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said funds for the improvements had come from building new houses in Monton.

“The site is very popular with local school children and volunteers and this will improve access for them as well as for visitors,” he said.

“The ponds have breeding populations of frogs and other amphibians as well as some small fish so the work will also improve conditions for them.”

Part of the site, which has the old Roman road from Manchester to Wigan running through it is classified as a site of biological importance.

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Date published
Monday 21 December 2020

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