After three years of hard physical toil and working in partnership with local authorities, the volunteers at the New Cut Heritage and Ecology group held their second open day in February to showcase the progress on the area and share with local residents their knowledge of the marvellous environment in their immediate locality.
The Environment Agency, who were a key event sponsors, had a major presence with a senior team available to talk to residents especially on the issue of flood defence, whilst ornithologists spoke with authority on the newly discovered types of bird on the meadows.
Warrington’s waterway history talk has packed audience
With every seat taken and the audience stood at the back, the highlight of the day was a presentation by Mike Kenwright on the origins and development of the Mersey and Irwell navigation, the waterway that preceded the Manchester Ship Canal and a part of which was the New Cut canal.
Mike’s talk illustrated with many old pictures and maps, especially of the system around Warrington and highlighting the town’s importance as a major river port was highly appreciated by an attentive audience.
Ian Johnson (Chairman) said “we were delighted with the numbers of local people who showed such a keen interest in the work of the group and the support that local sponsors gave us. The group has worked well over the past few years with the local authorities, other partners and the Environment Agency to create an excellent facility in their locality for all to enjoy and an environment rich in flora and fauna and transport heritage.”
Contact details for officials of the new group are as follows
Web site: www.newcuttrail.com (under construction)
Facebook: New Cut Heritage & Ecology Trail Group
Ian Johnson Chairman, Lynda Eagan Vice Chairperson
Les Green & Anne Price Publicity and Funding