Trees for Congleton – Completed Sites
This informal green space is located between Derwent Drive and the Macclesfield Canal, separated from the towpath by a hedge.
Between 2021 and 2022 copses of native trees and shrubs, individual oaks and flowering crab trees (funded by the Mersey Forest through Cheshire Wildlife Trust) and a mini-orchard (funded by William Dean Trust) were added by Trees for Congleton and Cheshire Wildlife Trust volunteers to the previously featureless grassed space. A mixed holly and beech hedge was added in 2022, funded by the Tree Council, and an area of wild flower meadow was also added by Congleton Town Council.
- Separation of green space from traffic to improve safety and filter air pollution
- Gradual improvement of existing poor drainage by tree roots breaking up heavy soil and taking up water
- Carbon storage, shade and shelter to mitigate effects of climate change
- Habitat, fruit, wild flowers and grasses for food, amenity & wildlife.
Once new planting is established, generally after one year, it is handed over to Congleton Town Council’s Streetscape team which already looks after green spaces in the town. Cheshire East Council (Ansa) may also be involved, working alongside our Town Council team. It is appreciated that many residents help by picking litter when visiting the green space.
It is intended that the hedge is maintained at around 1.2m high, with sides trimmed only lightly, or in alternate years, to allow flowers and berries to be produced.
Note that many, but not all, of the young trees and shrubs planted can be coppiced (by workers trained in woodland management) if there is any conflict with other uses. This would also help to develop a varied age structure in the planting.
Would you like to be a friend of Derwent Drive green space?
We would love local residents to become ‘friends’ of the trees and plants planted in the area. A ‘friend’ would keep an eye on the site and report any changes, damage or problems, or indeed how the plants are flourishing! As this is one of the Town Council’s 30 Biodiversity Sites any information on wildlife or suggestions for enhancement would be welcomed. Please fill in the form with your contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.
If you have been inspired by what you have read, want to volunteer or join the Congleton Partnership…….we are waiting to hear from you!