Tame Valley volunteers celebrate three years of hard work

A HARD-WORKING community group is celebrating three years of looking after the Tame Valley and improving the surrounding areas. 

The Friends of the Tame Valley marked the occasion last weekend doing what they do best.

Over 20 volunteers turned out to shift 40 bags of rubbish and tipped materials during a spring clean of Jet Amber Fields, which included some new faces joining for the first time.

Friends of the Tame Valley volunteers

Afterwards, the group headed to the Lowes Arms pub in Denton for their AGM, which celebrated their highlights of the last 12 months.

These include securing grant funding from the Tameside Community & Innovation Fund, launching River Invertebrate Encounter sessions to help young people learn about biodiversity, and partnering with Tameside Greenspace to deliver a new wildflower plot at Whittles Meadow.

The group was set up back in 2021 to help protect the Tame Valley as a local green space and preserve it for future generations.

Secretary of the Friends of the Tame Valley is Denton MP Andrew Gwynne, who said: “It has been a real pleasure to see it go from strength to strength over the last three years.

“We could not have achieved the successes we have over recent times without our fantastic army of volunteers, they deserve all our thanks and praise.

“I look forward to continuing working with the group to ensure such a wonderful local resource can be enjoyed by many generations to come.

“We have lots of exciting work planned for the year ahead, so watch this space!”

Anyone who would like to get involved can find out more by emailing ajgwynne@sky.com

The Friends group care for the section of the Tame Valley from Shepley Wood in Audenshaw, through Jet Amber Fields and running into Upper Haughton and Whittles Meadow to Mill Lane in Haughton Green.

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