A step in the right direction as new walking trail opens

Date published: 05 September 2018

A space next to Spotland library has been transformed into a beautiful walking trail by Rochdale in Bloom volunteers.

The 200 metre urban walking trail, on land provided to the community by the council, was created by volunteers with the help of a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Greening Grey Britain grant and specialist support.

The tranquil route is suitable for all ages and abilities and includes planters and a garden with sensory plants. A sensory garden is an area that is designed to stimulating the senses through plants that engage the senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound.

Distance markers along the route will help people monitor their progress. A 55+ independent living scheme overlooks the site and the in bloom team are hoping that residents there will be regular users of the newly developed trail.

The walking trail will, in time, include special landscape features. Information boards will be installed with advice from Living Well Rochdale on walking, health and getting active.

Planters donated by Rochdale’s Frankie & Benny’s were added to the trail this week and will be planted up this weekend.

This autumn, pupils from Meanwood Primary School will also plant wildflower seeds to encourage more wildlife into the area.

Philip Massey, Rochdale in Bloom volunteer, said: “The walking trail has been built on a previously neglected piece of land. Now it's been cleaned up, it provides a space for our community to reflect and take their time as they enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of walking. The path is perfect for people who are prescribed light exercise or who struggle to walk for long periods."

Councillor Ali Ahmed, assistant to cabinet member for environment at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Walking is the easiest way to add some physical activity to your day and is something that can be enjoyed by most people. This site is the perfect example of the fantastic work Rochdale in Bloom has done this year.”

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