Welcome Back BTCV

It was back in March that we bid farewell to environmental charity BTCV after a monumental ten weeks of work, which saw the construction of benches, signage, a wetland scrub, the laying of new footpath surfaces and removal of masses of unwanted bracken and Buddleia.

Unsatisfied that their work was complete, the volunteers compiled a list of further improvements that would attract even more visitors to Blackburn Meadows. With support from senior staff at BTCV, the team put together another funding application, this time to the BIFFAward Small Grants Scheme.

The application was successful and the team has just returned to the site to carry out its next programme of work.

Over the coming weeks, volunteers will be designing and installing an irrigation system, which will drain a low-lying area of pathway, impassable during wetter periods of the year. The section will then be resurfaced using a mix of recycled crushed brick and grit. The team will also be clearing overgrown scrub to improve access to over 3200 metres of pathway.

This work is an invaluable addition to our own work as part of Echoes of Blackburn Meadows, providing further opportunity to draw upon the skills and imaginations of local community members, who will be benefiting from these improvements well into the future.

If you would like to get involved in this project or others at BTCV, please contact Senior Project Officer John Thompson on 0114 290 12 55 or email j.thompson@btcv.org.uk.  No experience is necessary and all tools and training will be provided.