Volunteers give park a makeover

A park in the upper Calder Valley is receiving a woodland makeover thanks to the help of local volunteers.

Calderdale Council is currently working with Blackbark Workers Co-operative - a local group of volunteers with an interest in improving woodland - to carry out the work in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

As part of the council’s plans for the park, with guidance from a local woodland expert, trees are being thinned out by removing mainly sycamores, allowing the remaining trees to mature.

This will result in more light reaching the woodland floor, encouraging plants on the ground to flourish.

The branches and twigs from the thinning are being kept to create natural habitats.

This will improve the environment of the woodland and also stop water from running down into the park.

Once this work is finished, the paths will be cleaned up.

It is hoped that by early summer, patches of ground flora will start to appear.

Coun Pauline Nash, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “We have beautiful parks around Calderdale, and this work will make Centre Vale Park an even more enjoyable place to visit.

“The hard work of council employees, Blackbark workers and volunteers will result in a park that local people can really be proud of.”

Centre Vale Park has been awarded Green Flag status in recognition of the planning and management carried out to ensure it remains a high quality green space.

For more information about Centre Vale, and other parks in the area, visit Calderdale Council’s website, www.calderdale.gov.uk.