Reduction in Grass Cutting – Rewilding Birchwood
 

Birchwood Town Council (BTC) currently works in partnership with Warrington Borough Council (WBC) by undertaking the cutting of many of the WBC owned grassed areas in Birchwood. 

The Town Council does not cut grass on Your Housing Group or privately owned land.  This work is carried out by their contractors.

During the grass cutting season BTC currently has one member of staff whose job it is to continually mow the areas where WBC has given us permission to cut; working around Birchwood on an ongoing rota – Gorse Covert, Locking Stumps, Oakwood, Heathfield and Risley Village.  When other work commitments allow, two operatives undertake the mowing.

This provides a high frequency of grass cutting and helps to keep the area looking tidy.

In February 2021, the Town Council considered the grass cutting regime in Birchwood and the impact it has on biodiversity. 

After discussing the subject with WBC, it was agreed to trial the reduced mowing of some of the larger grass verges in Birchwood.  The areas selected will have one mowers width cut around the outside edge with the remainder being left to look more natural encouraging the spread of native wildflowers.

These areas will be left in tandem with the designated wildflower meadows that BTC currently funds each year.

The areas currently being deliberately left uncut are two sections of verge running from Inglewood Close to Ringwood Close in Gorse Covert, and a stretch on Ordnance Avenue that runs parallel to the rear of Redshank Lane, where some natural wildflowers are growing.

The Town Council understands that there will probably be a mix of reactions to the reduction in grass cutting in these areas, but hopes that residents will understand the reasons why this is being trialled.

Since these discussions took place, WBC has also implemented the cessation of mowing some other areas of Warrington, instead strip-mowing around the edges, leaving the remaining grassy area to grow wild, with the hope that natural wildflowers will self-seed and grow.  Information about this was published in a recent article in the Warrington Guardian: https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/19435834.warrington-flourishes-bid-improve-natural-green-appearance/

Further information can be found at: https://www.warrington.gov.uk/news/warrington-bloom

 

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

At Birchwood Town Council’s July 2021 Meeting, Members considered a motion for the Town Council to Declare an Ecological Emergency, and Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, organised by the CEE Bill Alliance.
 
Our Council agreed that there now needs to be a push to garner support for the Bill from as many people as possible. To date we believe that around 118 MPs are officially supporting the Bill – one of the main aims of which is to try to keep a 1.5° maximum rise in global temperatures, as set by the Paris Agreement, which is enshrined in law.
 
Following discussions (which ironically took place during one of the worst thunderstorms and cloudbursts that we had experienced, possibly for decades) Birchwood Town Council unanimously resolved to Declare an Ecological Emergency and to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.
 
We have also written to Charlotte Nichols MP to ask for her support with the Bill.
 
Further details can be found at www.ceebill.uk

  

Birchwood Carnival 2022

The date for the next Birchwood Carnival has been provisionally set as Sunday 12th June 2022."

 

Birchwood Carnival 2019

 Cllr Atkin opens Carnival

The last Birchwood Carnival, which took place on Sunday 2nd June 2019 was a great success with large crowds dodging the showers to enjoy the annual, fun packed community event.

Despite the intermittent rain, the Carnival began with the traditional procession into the carnival arena led by a stiltwalker and Karamba Samba followed by the fancy dress competition.  The Carnival was officially opened by Cllr Ian Atkin, Chair of the Birchwood Carnival and Festival Committee.

This year’s annual summer event offered a whole host of fun, entertainment and educational activities for all ages. The headline acts were Eagle Heights eagle and vulture show and an amazing performance by the Van Buren World of Variety, a show featuring magic and illusion.

In addition, there was ferret walking, a rodeo bull, gladiator joust, a climbing wall, a chance to handle creatures and creepy crawlies from around the world, a fun dog show, Punch and Judy, the funfair and a local history photography exhibition to name but a few.

Birchwood Carnival is also an opportunity for charities and community groups to raise awareness and much needed funds for their good causes and there was also an NHS stand providing information and advice on a number of health problems.

Food and drink vendors, including the Friends of Birchwood Forest Park café, made sure there was a great selection of food and refreshments on offer for people to enjoy.

Cllr Ian Atkin, Chair of Birchwood Town Council, said ‘on behalf of the Carnival Committee and the community of Birchwood I would also like to thank the following for their assistance with funding, car parking and advertising; ASDA, Birchwood Lions, Birchwood Park, Birchwood Shopping Centre, Birchwood Town Council, Sellafield, Your Housing Group, Warrington Borough Council and Warrington’s Own Buses. We really appreciate all of their contributions.’