Clean-up makes a real splash

AFTER a successful clean-up by volunteers, a neglected beauty spot in Churwell has been the subject of some heavy-duty improvements.

The Woodcross regeneration gained publicity last year when it was featured as part of the BBC’s Spring Watch campaign.

Residents turned out in force to help clean up the neglected pond and woodland area and their work has already made a huge difference.

Now, Leeds City Council’s forestry and rangers departments have taken their turn, arriving with heavy machinery to complete phase two of the campaign.

Armed with JCB and chainsaws they dredged the rubbish from the bottom of the pond, re-landscaped the pond edges and built a small dam at one end to help retain the water level in summer.

They also cleared away shrubs to allow in more sunlight and the area is now ready for phase three, which is planting.

Churwell School has been monitoring the Woodcross project and pupils will be helping with replanting and ongoing work.

Janet Harrison, from Churwell Action Group, said volunteers wanted to thank Coun Robert Finnigan and Vicky Nunns from Leeds City Council, the council rangers and Morley’s parks staff, as well as Morley in Bloom, for their support.