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2023 AGM: Frodsham Golf Course rewilding project

Jonathan Clarke
By Jonathan Clarke
25th May 2023

CPRE Cheshire members learn about Woodland Trust rewilding project at the former Frodsham Golf Course

20 members of CPRE Cheshire attended this year’s AGM at the Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham.

The AGM was preceded by a fascinating walk and talk at the former Frodsham Golf Course. This site – which is now held under leasehold by the Woodland Trust – occupies a beautiful location at the top of the Sandstone Ridge, with panoramic views across the Mersey.

Bluebell woods at Frodsham Golf Course | Peter Raynes

Site manager Neil Oxley led attendees across the site, explaining how the site will be “re-wilded” using a mix of natural regeneration, large scale tree-planting and the creation of wildflower-rich glades. The project will link up and help protect existing ancient woodlands which adjoin the site. Neil explained that about one third of the site will remain open so protecting the spectacular views, and that it will provide great walking and volunteering opportunities for local people. The project will contribute hugely to the Northern Forest, which aims to add ca 50m trees across Northern England from Liverpool to Hull.

The AGM itself was led by our outgoing Chair (Peter Raynes) who thanked the members, Trustees and staff of the branch for their continued support. He also kindly introduced me as the incoming Chair of the branch. He gave special recognition to the work of our specialist planner (Jackie Copley) who has helped the branch hugely in recent years but has now taken on a new role for national CPRE.

Peter highlighted key activities undertaken by the branch over the year including hedge planting at the Countess of Chester Country Park and Pex Hill (near Widnes). He also covered our input to local plans for Warrington, Wirral and Greater Manchester, and a successful campaign to prevent the expansion of Bredbury Industrial Estate (Stockport). On the financial side, Derek Goldstraw (our Honorary Treasurer) confirmed that the branch has made a small surplus over the year. Derek also confirmed that he is stepping down and introduced his replacement in this role – Ismail Ravat.

The Trustees are extremely grateful for the work that both Peter and Derek have carried out for the branch over many years, and are glad that Peter will remain involved as Vice-President and Derek as a Trustee.

Jonathan Clarke
Chair, CPRE Cheshire

Frodsham Golf Course rewilding project Debbie Janney