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Many hands help clearance at Alton Millrace

On the first Wednesday in November, ten of the Practical Projects Volunteers from the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership joined forces with members of the Alton Towers Gardens and Woodland Team to help clear the Millrace in Alton. The removal of some trees, brash and litter exposed the previously hidden stone structure which in days gone by formed the Millrace- the channel which conducted the water to the old mill’s water wheel.

Leek Show 2013

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership exhibited at the annual Leek & District Show on Saturday 27th July. The sunshine helped make the day a great success with reportedly over 11,000 visitors attending.

The CVLLP marquee proved to be one of the most popular with the children as several of the partner organisations had organised a variety of practical things to do including making woody spinners and sculpting clay animals. The RSPB helped children to make butterfly feeders and the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust invited visitors to have a go at the traditional wooden shaving horse.

Improvements to towpath between Cheddleton heritage sites completed

Works to make a popular stretch of Caldon Canal towpath more accessible and user-friendly for the local community are complete and were officially opened by Charlotte Atkins, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s Central Shires waterway partnership, on 27 June. The Caldon Canal towpath through Cheddleton has been rebuilt to give walkers, cyclists and disabled visitors a clean, green traffic-free route, between two of the area’s most important and popular historic attractions.

Handy volunteers required for “The Big Pull”

Many hands are required to help with “The Big Pull”, to tackle the spread of the invasive Himalayan Balsam plant which is crowding out our native species, taking over whole areas of the Churnet Valley and exposing our stream and river banks to erosion. Himalayan Balsam (botanical name impatiens glandulifera) was introduced to Britain in the mid 19th Century by Victorian gardeners and can grow to a height of over three metres. With up to 800 seeds per plant, which are released explosively from the seed pods and can travel for up to seven metres from the plant, this aggressive plant is considered a real threat to our local environment.

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