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Bellamy Backs Borsdane!
Monday 24th May, 2010

Bellamy Backs Borsdane!
Prof David Bellamy plants an Elm tree at Borsdane Wood

PROFESSOR David Bellamy “praised” Wigan residents’ commitment to ancient woodlands on Sunday (23 May) as he officially launched the borough’s Year Of Biodiversity.

More than 300 people descended on Borsdane Wood, Aspull to take a stroll through nature with the famous botanist and green campaigner.

2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations. Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) has teamed up with Lancashire Wildlife Trust to organise a series of events throughout the year for residents to discover local biodiversity.

The 77-year-old veteran broadcaster was on hand to answer questions on flora and fauna as well as launching Borsdane’s new Wood Management Plan with the newly formed Borsdane Friends Group.

The plan has been developed to reflect the reserve’s high biodiversity value and also its value as a community resource. Native trees, local to the area, such as Elm and Oak are being planted and WLCT are working with Borsdane Friends Group to access funding to improve paths.

Professor Bellamy, who earlier this year described Wigan as the most biodiverse area in Greater Manchester, said: “The people of Wigan are so lucky to have such wonderful woodlands on their doorstep and it's so rewarding to see that they appreciate what they have.
“More importantly, these communities are fully involved in their protection and enhancement through playing an active part in developing management plans for the sites.”

Biodiversity can be defined as the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome or for the entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems.

For more information visit wlct.org

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