By Eric Plenderleath - 13th July 2013 1:41pm
We all now take for granted the excellent facility of Tarvin Woodland, and appreciate all the hard work done by the many volunteers in improving, maintaining and fund raising.
The Tarvin Community Woodland Trust is about to start the Upgrading of the 'Grogan's Walk' footpath costing over £19000.
But, how did it all come about in the first place?
With the development of Crossfields by Taylor & Addis in the mid to late 60's, three cul-de-sac spurs were retained around its perimeter. (possibly as an incentive for more development!)
One at Meadow Close, led to the then new Infant School/Community Centre site.
The remaining two led onto Townfield Lane, one opposite 39 Crossfields, and the other opposite number 57.
In 1981, when The Highways Agency purchased the mile stretch of land necessary for he construction of the much needed A51 By Pass, opened in 1984, they agreed that walkers could use the land between the new road and Crossfields, as far as Hockenhull Lane.
The condition being, and I quote "It has now become, in law, a road verge, and can be passed through on foot, but no buildings, litter or fires are allowed"
Thus, barbed wire was removed, and the length of land became a regular route for walkers (and dogs). Residents of Crossfields maintained an accessible path, and planted daffodil bulbs.
In 1994, the ownership of the area passed from The Highways Agency to the then Cheshire County Council, who constructed the Bridle Path adjacent to the Bye Pass, and allowed local residents to purchase land, in order to extend their gardens.
It was at this point, that Tarvin Parish Council had the foresight to initiate negotiations with the County Council for a lease on the remaining land, in order that it could be developed as a recognised footpath and woodland area.
The granting of the lease took several years, but the rest, as they say, is history
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
At the end of July 1994, the Champions of the Chester & District Primary Schools Kwik Cricket tournament were the pupils of Tarvin Primary School. The students scooped the honours during a competition which was held at Chester College.The team is pictured with captain Brett Balac, 10, holding the bat.Ed: Kwik Cricket apparently originates from Australia but is now supported by the England &...
In early August 1994, pupils at Tarvin Primary School had an active and varied end to their summer term.For Alexandra Brunt, Sarah Cleary, Dominic Murgatroyd and Stephen Eames, all aged 10, and Laura Wilson, Charlotte Hopkins, and Jodie Robinson, all aged 9, it was dipping into the school pond.For cancer research class six pupils Matthew...
Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane and Chief Constable Darren Martland are looking for local people to help advise them on key issues relating to governance, finance and risk management.They wish to appoint two additional members to their Joint Audit Advisory Committee, providing assurance on governance and financial matters.The Joint Audit Advisory Committee was...