FORMER STATION GETS A ‘GREEN’ MAKEOVER
Fri 20th September 2013 9.51AM
The site had been tree planted in the 1980s but had become heavily overgrown.
With help from Bury Council and £26,000 from the Big Lottery Changing Spaces programme, the site has been opened up, a pond created, the bridlepath re-surfaced and a new, two-directional, bespoke feature benchs built at the Brandlesholme Road end of the site. The previous bench faced a wall of vegetation, while the new one offers an enticing view south towards the pond.
The project will be officially opened on Saturday 7 September at 10.30am, followed by activities, stalls and refreshments in Greenmount Old School. Weather permitting there will be pony rides from 10.45am, a bike ride at 1pm, a history walk at 1.30pm and a bat walk at 7.30pm.
Alistair Waddell, chair of the Greenmount Community, said it would be a new focal point for the village. “Our Greenmount bench is a magnet for people and provides a great place to meet or rest before or after a walk or a ride along the Kirklees Trail.
We learned a lot from making a funding bid and did some of the initial clearance work ourselves, but our relationship with the site isn’t over. We are now hoping to attract a sustainability grant to support the community in helping to look after the site.”
The new bench at the site of the former Greenmount station