Project aims and results to date.
What is the purpose of the Project?
What was proposed?
- To survey the area and record the important historical features, the wildlife and the landscape.
- To involve the local communities and work with the landowners of Bollington and Rainow in order to increase their interest and concern for the conservation and enhancement of the area.
- To identify and carry out a programme of work to restore and enhance the landscape and the heritage features.
- To maintain and improve the public footpaths and investigate the possibility of access agreements in the area.
- To interpret the important and interesting features of the area.
- To promote good environmental practice and management of the area.
- To maintain and where appropriate increase the tree cover in the area, as a contribution to The Royal Forest of Macclesfield initiative.
- To combine and focus resources from the partner organisations and seek further funding from public sector grants, charitable donations and business support.
What was proposed?
- A thorough survey of the area, to record the features of interest and importance.
- The conservation of important wildlife habitats.
- Involving the local community in improving their understanding, interest and awareness of their local area.
- Simple informative displays such as leaflets and maps.
- The better management and replanting of shelter belts and hedgerow trees.
- A programme of works to maintain and repair the footpath system and protect the historical features.
- The production of a historical map (which can be viewed below) and a landscape history booklet.
- Both the map and booklet are available to purchase from Bollington Post Office or the Discovery Centre in Bollington.
- The KRIV volunteers meet regularly on a Friday to carry out a varied programme of work which helps to maintain the historical features found in the local landscape. Many of the features the team has restored can be found in the landscape. There are too many to name in this list.
- Several miles of dry stone walls were repaired and hundreds of metres of hedges laid in the traditional Cheshire style.
- Many smaller features such as a dry stone well, stone footbridge, a Victorian waterfall, several stone stiles were also restored.
- An archaeological investigation of Cow Lane Mill in Rainow was also carried out by local volunteers under the guidance of archaeologist Mark Fletcher.
- Preservation of the White Nancy and the hillside for future generations including a new footpath through Redway Wood to the summit.