Spending time in nature is good for us but we know that wildlife is in decline and many of our green spaces are no longer wildlife friendly.
Macc Wild Network is working to create corridors and networks of wildlife-rich open spaces throughout the town so that everyone can enjoy easy access to nature-friendly green spaces.
We are working in partnership with other organisations to make Macclesfield greener and more biodiverse. Woodlands, hedgerows, wetlands and grasslands will all make Macclesfield more resilient to climate change and an even nicer place to live.
If you'd like to volunteer on one of our projects please contact us below.
The National Lottery Community Fund is helping to fund our project at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. In March 2022 we completed planting of around 600 trees at the site creating a community orchard and areas of woodland good for birds and pollinators.
A big thank you to our partners and group of willing volunteers aged from 4 to 84 !
This is an ongoing project so please come and take a look!
Check out this great video!
If you are a local landowner and would be interested in ideas to make your land better for wildlife, we may be able to help. Please click below and send us a few details and we will get back to you to see how we can best help.
Macc Wild Network have been working with the Leisure Centre team at Everybody, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire East (ANSA) and RSPB Wildlife Explorers on a number of initiatives.
The grass has been left to grow longer in designated areas allowing flowers to bloom and creating new habitats for insects and small mammals and food for birds and pollinators.
In 2022 paths will be cut through the long grass giving walkers the opportunity to see and enjoy the plants and wildlife up close. Some of our fundraising activities will aim to install benches around the site to provide somewhere to sit and watch the wildlife or admire the views over to the hills of the Peak District.
Stopping mowing also allows trees and shrubs to regenerate. This area close to the running track is already creating new areas of scrub and young woodland. As a general rule habitat that looks untidy to the human eye is good for nature!
Areas of existing woodland provide wildlife bridges or corridors to other green spaces such as those behind Fallibroome Academy and over towards Macclesfield Rugby Club.
Sometimes all we need to do is stop mowing and nature will return but there are many other things we can do to give nature a helping hand. In 2022 we plan to create a community orchard which will increase the variety of species here and provide more nectar for pollinators and food for birds.
Outline planning permission has been given for development of 950 houses on Danes Moss in the south of Macclesfield. This site is critical as it contains incredible amounts of peat, which has taken thousands of years to form and crucially peat locks up carbon. Disturbing the peat will release vast amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change.
Please watch the video from Macc Wild Network's Ian Coppack for details of how you can OBJECT to the application.
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