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The Friends of Caldy Nature Park

           

                      

 

 The Caldy Nature Park is owned and maintained by Cheshire West and Chester Council.


If you have any enquiries, or issues that need to be reported about Caldy Nature Park, or any Cheshire West and Chester greenspace site, 

e mail       enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk


                       Tel: 0300 123 8 123

Once logged, the contact centre will allocate the enquiry to the relevant person who will then deal with issue.


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Friends of Caldy Nature Park



The Friends of Caldy Nature Park was formed in 1991 when  Chester City Council took over responsibility for the area.

We play an active part in the development and maintenance of the Park, and provide a link between Cheshire West and Chester Council,
who own and operate the Nature Park, Great Boughton and Huntington Parish Councils, and the Local Community.

We have been involved in the consultations when large scale alterations to the Nature Park have been proposed. 

The Park is very well used by local people and there is an established pattern of events.

The 'Friends' try to keep a balance between the needs of local people and the wildlife in the park. There are paths throughout the park, and seats at regular intervals.

The park has a very natural feel about it and there is much flora and fauna to be seen. The water attracts the kingfisher and the water rail as well as mallard and moorhen.
Nearly 100 different species of birds and 286 types of wildflower have been recorded, as well as 20 species of butterfly.

1991 Working with Chester City Council, the primary aim of creating a large area of wetland began.

1993 The pond and leats were excavated, taking water from the brook into the pond.

2009 the pond and leats were re-excavated and a new wetland area created.
The bridges have been replaced and some paths rebuilt.
The car park has a new sculpture and the wildflower area fenced off.

2010 A new play area was created for the children.

2013 has seen the creation of new orchards as part of the Queens Diamond Jubillee Celebrations, and repairs to some of the worst areas of damaged footpaths.

2014 A new picnic table has been installed at the request of local residents. It has disabled access, and is for use by all the community
Footpaths have been repaired and a new tarmac path installed. Surface repairs have been completed to  more of the footpaths.
2015 The Duck Race and Countryside day were very well supported this year. 
We have retained our Green Flag status for another year thanks to all the hard work by our Ranger and Working Parties.

2016 The Duck Race was very well supported, and the weather was kind to us. 
Improvements have been made to some of the paths, and new signage installed.
We have retained the Green Flag status for 2016/2017

2017
  The Duck Race, Treasure Hunt and Countryside Day were a great success, and we have retained the Green Flag status for 2017/18

2018  The Duck Race was well supported despite the poor weather!
We have retained the Green Flag Status for 2018/19.


See our future events further down the page.



Objectives

To work at all times with officials appointed by Cheshire West and Chester Council to improve the recreational and natural assets of the area adopted by the Cheshire West and Chester Council as Caldy Nature Park.

To consult with Great Boughton and Huntington Parish Councils and the General Public about plans to develop and manage the park.

To keep local people informed about developments in the Caldy Nature Park and to encourage them to become involved.

To seek funding from all appropriate sources to enable the group to pursue the above aims.



The Friends of Caldy Nature Park are committed to improving the Nature Park for all the Community.


Membership

If you would like to support our efforts, then come and join us.
 

The annual subscription to The Friends of Caldy Nature Park is £5 per household per year, 

 Subscriptions are renewed in September each year, but you may join at any time.

Please help by sending your Annual Renewal Subscription direct to us.

Details are in the newsletters.


You may join at any of our events.



Newsletters


Regular newsletters are included in the subscription, with advance notifications, reports of
events, and interesting arcticles.

If you prefer to receive the newsletter by e mail, please let us know.

The current newsletter for Spring 2018 has been sent out to Members. Brief details of the Annual Meeting 2018 together with some very interesting articles have been included. 


Working Party


The Working Party meets on the

First Wednesday of each month
0930 at the Car Park

New members are always welcome

Come and join us for some fresh air and exercise. meet in the car park at 9-30am.




Dog Fouling


Huntington Parish Council are supporting the new "Good Dog Ownership Campaign" launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council. The majority of dog owners clean up after their pets, but there are a minority who don't. Dog dirt has been particularly bad in the Nature Park over the last few months, note the pink spray on it! Street Scene operatives come out and clean it up.
You can report incidents of dog fouling to enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Keep Britain Tidy (they awarded us the Green Flag status) are also running a campaign "We are watching you - 9 out of 10 dog owners clean up after their dog"

                                                  

      
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Our footpaths have been improved.









Great News 2018

We have been awarded the Green Flag 2018/19 at Caldy Nature Park!


Well done and thank you to you all for the ongoing contribution that you make to keep Caldy Valley such a welcoming site.






                  

25th Aniversary Tree Planting

17th March 2017


The tree was planted in recognition of the Friends of Caldy Nature Park 25th Aniversary.

Thank you to all the people who turned up to help. It was a great team effort.

The Group was formed on the 8th October 1991

One of the first priorities was to provide a few seats along the paths. Replacement seats have recently been provided.

If you would like to support us in our efforts, please join us.

The Subscription is only £5 per household per year!


17 March 2017


17 March 2017



17 March 2017



Photos 5th April 2017




5th April 2017


5th April 2017


5th April 2017


5th April 2017


5th April 2017


5th April 2017


5th April 2017







Countryside Day September 2017


The event was well supported and the weather was kind. Many apples were crushed and pressed, and the juice enjoyed.

Thank you to everyone who attended, organised and helped on the day.


Many members paid their subscriptions on the day.

If you were unable to join us on the day, then please send your subscription to Jacky Creswick (address above)  

























18 October 2017
The stolen map has been found and returned to the notice board.







Pollution Incident November 2017



First the good news, there are fish back in the brook following the last incident.

Now the bad news. There was another pollution incident.

Sewage was discharging into the brook near the childrens play area.

Welsh Water and the Environment Agency investigated and  found the source of the problem.

Thank you to the person who reported the problem to the Environment Agency. 

Update

The problem originated from a failure of pumps at the Rake Sewage Pumping Station. The pumps have been repaired. 

Welsh Water recommend that problems should be reported directly to them, as they can respond quicker.
Incidents reported to Welsh Water are automatically reported to the Environment Agency. 

Welsh Water Sewerage Services
0800 0853 968

Environment Agency
0800 80 70 60



                 Events 2018

Bat Walk

Thursday 30th August   8pm.

Meet at the car park and join this very popular walk in the dark.

Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather on the night!


Countryside Day and Fun Dog Show


Sunday 23rd September

2pm to 4pm on Long Meadow.


This is a good time to pay your 2018/2019 subscriptions at the Members Tent.

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The Pond - February 2018

Photo courtesy of Will Hay



Duck Race 2018





The Duck Race April 2018
Photos Courtesy of Roy Casey



FACEBOOK

Following the problems with Facebook, the "Friends of Caldy Nature Park" account has been deleted.

Other Caldy Nature Park  Facebook accounts are not related to our group.

WEBSITE

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