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Step Outdoors - Invitation to Easter Fun
Tuesday 12th April, 2011

Early Easter fun is on offer to residents living around Amberswood Common. There’s a community fun day planned for communities living around the common in Platt Bridge, Hindley, Spring View and Lower Ince – although all visitors will be welcome.

The event, which is running from 12noon to 4pm on 16 April, is being organised by the Greenheart Communities in Action team through a partnership between Wigan Council, Groundwork and Greenheart – the regional park at the heart of the borough.

“The activities on offer will appeal to people of all ages and interests,” says Groundwork’s development officer Lucy West. “Kayaking, archery, a climbing wall and rustic furniture making demonstrations will be on all afternoon, there will be a guided woodland walk at 1pm, pond dipping at 2pm - and an Easter Egg hunt of course!”

It’s all part of the push to develop awareness of the facilities available on Amberswood Common and to develop new uses in the area. The Greenheart Communities in Action team have prepared hard for the event, encouraging residents to tell them about the sort of facilities that they would find useful.

“We’ve spoken to a great many people already,” says Lucy, “but we would love people to tell us more - either on the Community Fun Day of by calling us directly. All ideas are welcome!”

Martin Purcell, the council’s Greenheart manager, added: “Ensuring our open spaces are accessible to everyone has already seen work done on a number of sites around the borough, as well as canals and routes between them. Greenheart is about ensuring all communities get out, get healthy and get to see nature at first hand.”

Finding the fun day site is easy; there will be near the marquee near the lake, which can be reached from the gate at the Crompton Street entrance, just off Liverpool Road. If you’re driving there’s a car park located at the other side of Liverpool road at Low Hall Nature Reserve. All the activities will be a short stroll from the marquee.

Martin Purcell adds: “We’re still consulting at Amberswood but already we have a clear indication that many young people, even those living close to the countryside, rarely get a chance to enjoy it. As Greenheart progresses, we want to celebrate our beautiful open spaces, and bring people into them from across the whole of the borough…and we hope, attract visitors from beyond it too."

Anyone who wants to talk to the Greenheart Communities in Action team directly can contact them at the Groundwork office on Hallgate in Wigan or by telephoning 01942 821444.

Funding for the Greenheart team has come from Wigan Council, the Future Jobs Fund initiative and the Working Neighbourhood Fund.

The Greenheart partners currently include Wigan Council, Bridgewater Canal, British Waterways, Groundwork, The Wildlife Trust, Leigh Sports Village, Red Rose Forest, Northwest Regional Development Agency, Wigan Culture & Leisure Trust and the Wigan Biodiversity Partnership.

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