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.  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 was installed from the junction between Ollershaw Lane and New Warrington Road near the Lion Salt Works, which markedly improved access onto Neumann’s Flash.  Permission was granted by INEOS Enterprises to cross their pipelines.

Route of New Access Path

Route of New Access Path

Brambles cleared by volunteers

Brambles cleared by volunteers

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

Saltscape trail routes map

Volunteers worked with Ranger Dave James to finalise the circular walk route and design the leaflet, interpretation panels and way-marker posts.  The project was completed in 2016.

Towards the end of the Saltscape Project, the opportunity arose to apply for further funding.  FoAM was succesful in securing additional funding which enabled two interpretation panels to be installed, depicting the impact the salt industry had on the local environment.  One panel is situated in Marshall’s Wood and the other is just off Marbury Lane on the bund between Ashton’s Flash and Neumann’s Flash.  All work on the project was completed in October 2017, when the panels were installed.

Alan Redley – October 2017

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