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Partners spruce up Towneley Park
3:18pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
AN environmental action day at Towneley Park saw agencies join forces to spruce up Burnley’s premier park.
Staff and volunteers from the Environment Agency, Ribble Rivers Trust, Friends of Towneley Park, Forest of Burnley and Burnley Borough Council rolled up their sleeves and joined in.
Tasks carried out by staff at the site included planting native reeds donated by Lancashire Wildlife Trust, trees donated by Offshoots Permaculture Project and wild flower seeds and grasses provided by The Environment Agency all to help the local biodiversity flourish.
The Environment Agency and Burnley Borough Council recently completed drainage works and footpath improvements in this area where a disused well which had been covered during the 1970s was washing contaminated silts into the River Calder.
The well has recently been diverted into the wetland area and is now being filtered by the natural action of the reeds.
Coun John Harbour, below, Burnley Council’s executive member for leisure and culture, said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working to improve one of Burnley’s most popular visitor attractions.”