Saltscape Way-marked Trails

‘Saltscape’ is the unique landscape modified by industry, stretching from Frodsham to Middlewich and Winsford and taking in the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. This includes the built environment and unique flora and fauna more associated with coastal and limestone habitats.

FoAM became involved with the project through the Saltscape Community Forum several years ago.  As part of the project, FoAM developed a plan to establish way-marked trails through Northwich Woodlands between the Lion Salt Works and Anderton Boat Lift showing the impact of the salt industry on the landscape and wildlife.

In July 2014, it was announced that Groundwork Cheshire, on behalf of the Saltscape Partnership, had received a grant of £886,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Saltscape project.

Towards the end of 2014, FoAM, with support from Ranger Dave James, submitted a detailed Project Plan.   This was approved and FoAM was successful in securing £25,000 for its Way-Marked Trails Project, as part of the overall Saltscape project.

A new path will be installed from the junction between Ollershaw Lane and New Warrington Road near the Lion Salt Works, which will markedly improve access onto Neumann’s Flash.  Permission will be required from INEOS Enterprises to cross their pipelines and discussions are being held to achieve this.

Route of New Access Path

Route of New Access Path

 

Brambles cleared by volunteers

Brambles cleared by volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers have cleared brambles and scrub from the area where the path will cross the pipelines and have also carried out investigation work to confirm that the path can be installed without risk of damage to the pipelines.

 

Saltscape trail routes map

Volunteers are working with Ranger Dave James to finalise the circular walk route and design a leaflet, interpretation panels and way-marker posts.  The project is planned for completion by the end of 2015.

Alan Redley – May 2015

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