Saltscape is an exciting partnership project, created to protect, enhance and celebrate the landscape of the Weaver Valley.
Saltscape covers an area of Central Cheshire that extends along the River Weaver, stretching from Frodsham in the west to the salt towns of Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich and takes in some of the area’s finest habitats and structures including the Anderton Boat Lift, Lion Salt Works and Middlewich Brine Pump.
The landscape is very distinctive, owing its character and uniqueness to man’s exploitation and extraction of salt, in the process creating a series of environments that are not just rare nationally but internationally too.
Funding for the project was secured in 2014 thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside a contribution from Cheshire West and Chester council, ensuring the beautiful habitats and environments along the Weaver Valley could be preserved, enhanced and enjoyed not just by people today but by generations to come.
The project has a definitive vision which it aims to bring to fruition and have in place by the end of 2017 with the three key objectives outlined below:-
• To protect, restore, enhance and manage this unique place as one environment
• Reconnect people with their landscape and heritage
• Make the area a better place to work, live and visit
And Saltscape will try to meet these goals through four key project areas which are related, in one way or another, to the people, environments, history and heritage of Mid Cheshire’s salt landscapes – please see them below.
• Salt Legacy – restoring and protecting the natural and built features
• Salt People – engaging with people to ensure the long term success of the project
• Salt Way – making the salt landscape accessible to people
• Salt Skills – developing specialist skills in the community
With a particular focus on these areas, Saltscape undertake various projects to benefit people living in the area, animals prevalent across a range of environments and the natural flora and fauna that exists over the numerous habitats.
Notable projects recently completed or still running include improving the River Weaver Navigation towpath between Northwich and Winsford, Water Vole Conservation at Sutton Bridge, and improving the condition of a key wetland site along the Weaver Navigation.
For a full list of projects, you can explore the Project List Map by clicking HERE.
They also run a series of events throughout the year which are designed to enable people to learn about the area’s wildlife and environments. For more information please click HERE.
Saltscape is a wonderful project which should be celebrated and encouraged. Visit their website by clicking HERE.