Bollin Biodiversity Project


In 2021 we were successfully awarded a £109,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery as part of their Green Recovery Challenge Fund to carry out a habitat restoration project along the Bollin called ‘Bollin Biodiversity’.

Working in partnership with the River Bollin Environmental Action and Conservation (BEACON) group, Cheshire East Council, Tatton Estates, National Trust and Natural England, the funding will help us boost the biodiversity of the River Bollin and help bring it back to health.

As part of this project, we will also be engaging with local communities to improve their connection to their local river for health, wellbeing and recreation.   

Working with our partners and local volunteers, the funding will help us reverse the decline of native plant species along the River Bollin, by planting native trees and wildflowers to improve river valley habitats, and using natural materials to restore some priority river reaches that are prone to erosion or siltation.  We will also work to remove invasive non-native species, and restore habitats such as heathland and upland by controlling trees. 

Jobs and Volunteers

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund funding will allow Mersey Rivers Trust to retain two members of staff, and employ one young person as a full time, paid trainee. 

We have recruited four Volunteer Trainees who will benefit from joining us on working parties, recieveing formal training and careership advice, and this project also means that we can also support our existing volunteers with more training opportunities, new and different working parties where they can learn conservation skills, and the chance to meet new people and network.  

You can see the working parties we have scheduled here, and get in touch if you would like to get involved.


Dog Wood - Tatton Park

This funding will support our work to create new reedbeds and pools to tackle diffuse pollution and improve the condition of the internationally important Tatton Mere wetland site. 

This work will take place at Dog Wood, where inlets into the Mere in this woodland are carrying pollution from highways, homes and agriculture, as well as industry. 

The existing ditch will be made wider to create pools, and woody debris dams installed in appropriate locations to slow the flow of water.  This will allow sediment and pollution to settle to the bottom of the pool and cleaner water to slowly flow over the top of the dam and through newly planted reeds before entering Tatton Mere.  Areas of Tufted Hair Grass will also be removed and re-planted in newly excavated areas to enable this important wetland plant to thrive in wetter conditions on lower ground.

 Inital tree work to prepare the site will take place in February 2022, with tree branches being trimmed to enable access for larger machinery in the summer.  The excavation works are due to take place in September 2022.  During these times there will be some disruption to pedestrian access to Dog Wood, but we will notify visitors in advance using social media and temporary interpretation on the site before works begin.


We are extremely thankful to the Green Recovery Fund for awarding us this grant.  Sally Potts, Mersey Rivers Trust Project Manager said, ‘We are very excited about this project as it will enable us to further progress our work on river and habitat restoration, support our new and exsting volunteers, and build on the success of previous years’.

For more information or to get involved in similar projects, please contact us here.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs in England. 

The Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies  The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

You can find out more about this fund here.



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