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Shotton’s Nature Reserve is revitalised

Published: 29/04/2015

An eight month project to revitalise Taliesin Nature Reserve in Shotton has been completed. Using over £17,000 of funding from the Tidy Towns Initiative, Flintshire Countryside Service has worked alongside Ysgol Ty Ffynnon, Coleg Cambria, Keep Wales Tidy, McDonald’s and Groundwork to restore the nature reserve. All the paths have been resurfaced, a new path and ramp to Wepre Park has been created, bulbs and 400 trees have been planted and seeds have been scattered on the path edges – over an area of 1,200 square metres. Seed species scattered were common nap weed, red campion, white campion, ox eye daisies, cow slips, wild carrot, yarrow, bird foot trefoil, as well as an annual mix for some extra colour. Entrance points and marker stones have also been installed. Tidy Towns is a Keep Wales Tidy initiative funded by the Welsh Government and supported by local authorities to improve the amenity, accessibility, and biodiversity of areas that have fallen into disrepair. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “I would like to thank all the local pupils, students, businesses and volunteers who have given their time and support to this sustainable project that is benefiting our local environment. Thanks to them, and the funding from Tidy Towns, Taliesin Nature Reserve looks great.” Tim Johnson, Countryside Ranger, said: The project has been a real success. The site has a new fresh feel to it and the feedback from members of the public has been incredible. Local ward member Cllr Ann Minshull added: “Well done to everyone involved. With Spring upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity for people to make the most of this lovely space and to enjoy the fantastic display of flowers.” Image Slate plaques now mark the entrance to the Taliesin Nature Reserve: