Bolton residents will benefit from greater access to green spaces and nature, as part of a new programme run by Bolton Council, Groundwork and Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
The Gateway to Nature project was developed by these three organisations, to provide local residents with an opportunity to become involved in the creation, improvement and long-term management of greenspace in their neighbourhoods.
The project will be funded by a Big Lottery Funded Grant administered by Natural England, which will provide £172,000 for the development of two Local Nature Reserves based around Leverhulme Park and Haslam Park.
These two parks were chosen for the project as they are both situated in areas of Bolton where there is limited access to green space and nature.
The project will involve identifying community groups around both of the parks, carrying out consultation with local residents to find out what kind of improvements and events they want to see in both parks, establishing a programme of local walks and talks based on local interest and ultimately developing a habitat plan for both sites to ensure that they achieve the status of Local Nature Reserve.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer commented: “We are committed to ensuring that residents have the opportunity to access high quality parks and green space in their local areas. This project will encourage hundreds more local people to get involved with and engage with their local green spaces and create two new areas of Leverhulme Park and Haslam Park for the public to enjoy.”