Busy Bacup road to become highway of flowers

Lancashire Telegraph: Busy Bacup road to become highway of flowers Busy Bacup road to become highway of flowers

AROUND 2,000 wildflowers and 200 trees are set to transform a busy road into Rawtenstall into a ‘wildlife corridor’.

Volunteers from Rossendale Civic Pride will be donning high-visibility jackets to plant wild garlic and bluebells along with crabapple, wild cherry and conifer trees next to the A682, which leads on to the A56 bypass, on Sunday.

The team, whose hard work earned Rawtenstall two silver gilt RHS Britain in Bloom awards last year, will also be adding flower beds to three lay-bys to spruce up the appearance of the road, which is popular for commuters heading to Manchester.

Camden Blomerley, secretary of the group, said: “We started planting along there in 2011.

“On Sunday, we will have planted 1,000 trees in total.

“We’re planting trees and wild flowers which attract birds, ladybirds and bees.

“The ladybird and bee populations are depleting, and the plants they are attracted to are beautiful colours, which everyone can enjoy.

“Goldcrests are wonderful-looking birds, and we have a small population of them in the Valley, so we’re going to plant some conifers, which are the only trees they will go on.

”It gives you a really happy and satisfying feeling planting trees and seeing them grow.

“The A56, which leads to the A682, is a real state, which is what the A682 used to look like before we started work on it.

“We’ve done things like put bins in the lay-bys, so there isn’t lots of litter there from people, mainly lorry drivers, stopping there and throwing rubbish out of the window.

“If someone’s coming from Manchester to look at the area, they will get a terrible impression from the road, which is what we’d like to improve.”

The group is a registered charity and the plants and trees have been paid for with donations.

If you would like to join the planting session, meet at New Hall Hey roundabout at 10am on Sunday.

High-visibility jackets will be provided.

For more details, email civic.pride.rossendale@gmail.com.

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5:59pm Fri 14 Feb 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Is it me being cynical and sarcastic or am I seeing reality as it is? Only this week the esteemed leader of our council announced plans to reduce or stop roadside maintenance i.e stopping grass verge cutting. Three workman were to be laid off and another post left vacant as part of the Rossendale economic reduction strategy.

Rossendale is not the most attractive of areas, but there is a dedicated group of volunteers - The Civic Pride who go above and beyond to make it so and one must applaud their efforts.

However it is becoming increasingly apparent that Rossendale Borough Council is quite prepared to behave like a parasite and sit on the back of the Civic Pride and graciously share their plaudits or indeed accept them, whilst not controibuting anything.

If Rossendale Borough Council had anything to do with it, the gateway to Rossendale would be nothing better than a wasteland overgrown with tumbleweed blowing across Queens Square and beyond.

Thank goodness for the Civic Pride.

By the way, Ramsbottom is outside Rossendale, thats why its so nice!
Is it me being cynical and sarcastic or am I seeing reality as it is? Only this week the esteemed leader of our council announced plans to reduce or stop roadside maintenance i.e stopping grass verge cutting. Three workman were to be laid off and another post left vacant as part of the Rossendale economic reduction strategy. Rossendale is not the most attractive of areas, but there is a dedicated group of volunteers - The Civic Pride who go above and beyond to make it so and one must applaud their efforts. However it is becoming increasingly apparent that Rossendale Borough Council is quite prepared to behave like a parasite and sit on the back of the Civic Pride and graciously share their plaudits or indeed accept them, whilst not controibuting anything. If Rossendale Borough Council had anything to do with it, the gateway to Rossendale would be nothing better than a wasteland overgrown with tumbleweed blowing across Queens Square and beyond. Thank goodness for the Civic Pride. By the way, Ramsbottom is outside Rossendale, thats why its so nice! HelmshoreBoy

7:42am Sat 15 Feb 14

Loving lances says...

Now, now, let us not be cynical! Rossendale did spend £2million on creating a tarmac town square. Praise where it's due!!
Now, now, let us not be cynical! Rossendale did spend £2million on creating a tarmac town square. Praise where it's due!! Loving lances

1:28pm Sat 15 Feb 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Another epic move by Civic Pride, I won't get in to the way Rossendale is run etc I will just say well done guys, keep it up!
Another epic move by Civic Pride, I won't get in to the way Rossendale is run etc I will just say well done guys, keep it up! HelmshoreMan2010

9:49pm Sun 16 Feb 14

gazzandste says...

Loving lances wrote:
Now, now, let us not be cynical! Rossendale did spend £2million on creating a tarmac town square. Praise where it's due!!
surprised the gypsies hasn't moved on to the waste of space
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Now, now, let us not be cynical! Rossendale did spend £2million on creating a tarmac town square. Praise where it's due!![/p][/quote]surprised the gypsies hasn't moved on to the waste of space gazzandste

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