25th October 2017
Hundreds of people visited Silverdale Country Park this week to mark the end of the Silverdale – Our Story project and the park’s many award successes over the summer.
Groundwork West Midlands, which manages the park on behalf of the Land Trust, organised a special community day to give everyone the chance to get together to celebrate their local public green space.
Silverdale – Our Story was a Heritage Lottery Fund project to show the history of the site, which had once been home to a large colliery. As part of the project there is a new trail on the park which helps people uncover the stories of the site as they walk around, and exhibitions at the celebration event offered highlights of what they would find out. Ken Healey and Joan Price, who both worked at the colliery, were also there to talk about the unique sculpture that will soon be installed on site as a reminder of the area’s industrial heritage.
The community day also featured the raising of the Green Flag, which the park was awarded this year. Park Ranger Andy Hunt and a group of volunteers performed the honours, and also celebrated the park’s recent awards from the Land Trust and Heart of England in Bloom.
Chris Leech, Community Project Co-ordinator at Groundwork West Midlands, said: “Silverdale Country Park has become a real asset to the local community, providing a space where people can enjoy the great outdoors and nature can thrive.”
For some children it's probably their first encounter with wildlife, so for them it's a really good educational place.
Emily, Site Ranger, Bentley Community Woodland
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