We are very pleased and proud to tell you that Sunny Bank Vale has been awarded a Green Flag. This prestigious award is the pinnacle and also bench mark of excellence for parks and green spaces in the UK and now internationally. The award follows a complex application process and rigorous inspection.
This award of a Green Flag (in the community section) shows how far the renovation of Sunny Bank Vale has come since July 2011, when the Friends Group was first formed and the land was known as "Ash Road Tip".This represents a mile stone in the improvement of the Vale and will enable us to work with the site owners, our partners and funders to further build on this tremendous success.It is another good indicator from an independent experienced person as to achievements and steps for the future. Thanks to all who made this possible. More on this to follow.
Great news following the 2014 inspection by RHS Its Your Neighbourhood Team we were successful in achieving a Level 5 Outstanding award, this is the result of all the hard work that has been completed by the Friends Of Sunny Bank Vale, and the companies who are mentioned in our newsletters. We are extremely grateful for their help and support we would not have been able to complete some of the work without them.
The children of Greenside School helped us with the planting out of Marigolds in our 'Sun In Splendour' planter which was made and sited near to the Edge Lane entrance with the help of Air Products staff, the planter was marked with a plaque commemorating 50 years of Britain in Bloom. The plaque was mounted on a piece of stone which was found on the Vale, and is believed to be the top of a gatepost from one of the farms that was on the Vale many years ago. We were delighted to have won the RHS celebratory award of 50 Years Britain In Bloom for the planter and plaque, especially in light of strong competition from all over the North West. We look forward to working with Greenside School in the future
Following the inspection they recommended we commence a record of birds and other animals that can be seen or heard on the Vale, a bird record page has now been created on this website and if you would like to contribute any sightings you have please use the contacts page and we will update the records accordingly. You can find a useful bird identification guide by clicking on the URL on our links page.
It is hoped that future work will include the placing of bat/owl boxes on the Vale, more ponds will be dug out and a children’s nature trail constructed, if you are able to help either manually or by providing materials for any of our projects please contact us using our contacts page or attending one of the planned work parties (date can be found on Events/Calendar page).