Fresh from the successful opening of the Greenmount Sidings project in Bury, Alistair Waddell, chair of the Greenmount Village Community Group, has developed an interest in woodland management.
Armed with a trusty new chainsaw, Alistair and colleagues from the group have invested some of their Community Spaces sustainability grant in woodland management lessons from Paul Robinson of Bury Council.
And last week Alistair had what he describes as “a bit of an advanced lesson.”
He says: “A large pine tree fell down right across the path that goes through Greenmount Sidings and it needing clearing quickly. So Paul contacted me and under his direct supervision I assisted him, along with my wife and son, in removing the tree within a few hours of it coming down. Without help from the community this would have been a job that would not have been completed for a few days, and would have caused a lot of distress to those who use the area for their walks.
“I believe you can say that this is a success story of the sort Community Spaces was anticipating and we did not think we could do for many reasons. I, for one would never have thought it possible 12 months ago!
“Thanks for the foresight and the opportunity.”