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Several years ago I had a meeting with the Wildlife Trust at my constituency office.

They outlined an ambitious project to engage community groups across Bolton, Bury and Salford to restore a natural walkway between the three towns. The project would combine conservation with a celebration of our industrial heritage. They needed support to access funding and I was pleased to back them in their bid.

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Fast forward to 2017 and I was contacted by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They wanted to demonstrate the positive impact their funding was having on Bolton North East. Their key example was the Kingfisher Trail, the very same project I had given my backing to, now in full swing for more than two years.

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It was a pleasure to visit the Wildlife Trust and hear about the huge task that they have undertaken. Clearing and maintaining this fantastic natural walk way. Encouraging local residents to access the green spaces around them. Drawing on local knowledge and experience to build a remarkable insight into our industrial heritage.

I joined Wildlife Trust volunteers for a walk along the Kingfisher Trail. We were just a short walk from some of the most densely populated parts of Bolton but it was so peaceful you would think we were in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by natural beauty.

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It’s great to see that local residents are accessing our green spaces and exploring our town’s industrial past. I would encourage anyone to get your wellies on and take advantage of the trail.

You can find out more about the project here – www.lancswt.org.uk/kingfisher-trail

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