Restored Greenmount station site is a smart destination
A PROJECT which has transformed the former station and sidings in Greenmount will officially open next month.
The site had become heavily overgrown since trees were originally planted at the location in the 1980s.
But with help from Bury Council and £26,000 from the Big Lottery Changing Spaces programme, the site has been opened up.
A pond has been created, the bridlepath re-surfaced and a new, two-directional, bespoke feature bench built at the Brandlesholme Road end of the site.
The previous bench faced a wall of vegetation, while the new one offers an enticing view south towards the pond. The project will be officially unveiled on Saturday September 7, at 10.30am, followed by activities, stalls and refreshments in Greenmount Old School.
Weather permitting, there will be pony rides from 10.45am, a bike ride at 1pm, a history walk at 1.30pm and a bat walk at 7.30pm.
Alistair Waddell, chairman of the Greenmount Community Association, said it would be a new focal point for the village.
“Our Greenmount bench is a magnet for people and provides a great place to meet or rest before or after a walk or a ride along the Kirklees Trail,” he said.
“We learned a lot from making a funding bid and did some of the initial clearance work ourselves, but our relationship with the site isn't over.
“We are now hoping to attract a sustainability grant to support the community in helping to look after the site.”
The funding has been provided under the Community Spaces scheme operated by the Groundwork Trust, as a distributor for the Big Lottery.
The funder's local facilitator was Martin Proffitt and the contractor was local company Groundwork Landscapes Ltd.
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