It’s amazing how many local folk have never heard of Gower Hey Wood, ampoule
let alone visited it. So here is a short introduction to this wonderfully wild woodland that’s right on your doorstep. Why not come and enjoy a gentle stroll along pleasant paths that meander through the trees and alongside streams?
Gower Hey Wood is a 20-acre semi-ancient broad leaf woodland that straggles the borders of Gee Cross and Hyde. It is easy to reach from a number of access points including Stockport Road, diagnosis King George Road and the old railway track, search
now part of the Trans-Pennine Trail and from whichever direction you enter you’ll discover a network of interconnecting pathways that thread their way through the trees and across the two streams that flow through the valley. There is also a large open meadow adjacent to the wood that is also connected by a series of grassy footpaths. Walking is easy, but as in any woodland care should be taken because in places the paths can be weather worn but where they encounter steep slopes you’ll find steps have been constructed.
Oak and sycamore are the dominant trees within the wood, but you will also spot many other species including holly, silver birch, elder, ash, hawthorn and horse chestnut. In places a dense undergrowth of grasses, ferns, brambles and low shrubs has been established providing an excellent environment for wildlife and so you will often see squirrels scampering along the branches. Birdwatchers too will be well rewarded and should spot many of the resident species that include blue tits, great tits and long tail tits as well as blackbirds, thrushes, magpies, jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches and robins plus bullfinches and brightly coloured goldfinches to name but a few. You may also spot some of the rarer visitors such as a blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler and if you’re lucky you could even catch a fleeting glimpse of a tiny goldcrest, a shy wren or treecreeper, or even the secretive tawny owl.
But Gower Hey Wood has not always been devoted entirely to nature. Many years ago a water-powered cotton mill stood alongside one of the streams and the remains of one of the mill cottages, where in later years and up until the 1930’s they ran a market garden, can still be seen.
Today the wood is managed by Tameside Council, Tameside Countryside and Gower Hey Wood Conservation Group – a volunteer organisation that oversees and helps to keep this local beauty spot clean, tidy and accessible. The Conservation Group have, through generous funding obtained from the National Lottery and Tameside Council, made significant improvements to the woodland’s paths and bridges, as well as providing an information board at the Clough Gate entrance and they have also erected a number of nest boxes throughout the woods. Latterly they helped to create a wetland area along with a ‘dipping platform’ that it is hoped will be used by pupils from the nearby Dowson School and other local schools.
Their aim, the Group says, is to keep Gower Hey Wood as a place of natural beauty. It is a wild place and not a park, which is why it is such a magical place to wander. The Conservation Group also organise ‘Clean up Events’ where they try to remove the accumulation of litter from the woods. The next Clean up should be in early spring 2015.
Why not come and explore Hyde’s Hidden Oasis that is right on your doorstep? Minutes from the main roads you’ll find yourself in a natural haven of peace and tranquillity.
If you would like to know more about the Gower Hey Wood Conservation Group and the work it does, or if you would like to join their volunteer force you can contact Stuart Manson, telephone: 0161 368 8883, or email him at: email@example.com.
Britain is well known as a nation of animal lovers. A statement borne out by the fact that around 50% of British families have one or more pets.
It is a well-known fact that people who have pets are typically happier and live longer than those who don’t. Pets are an excellent source of companionship and can even make us feel better when we are sick. But, cialis
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sometime pets get sick too, and it’s then that you need to get the best care for your animal, in the most efficient manner.
That’s when you need to seek out a dedicated animal clinic like TAMESIDE VETERINARY CLINIC, who were recently recognised as one of the best companies in The Local Business of the Year Award section of the prestigious Pride of Hyde & Longdendale Awards 2014, for making a positive contribution in the local community. TVPC are a friendly, small animal veterinary practice, situated in Reynard Street, Hyde where, on recognising a gap in the market, have established their practice to serve both the local and surrounding towns, villages and pet loving community by providing skilled care for sick animals and support for their owners.
Headed by practice partners, Gavin McCoubrey and Diarmuid Currid, the practice comprises 2 Vets, 2 Nurses and 2 Receptionists who between them own 9 Cats, 2 Dogs, 2 Guinea Pigs, and 3 Fish deal with a wide range of animal ailments from diagnosing health problems and medicating sick animals, to more complex issues like treating and dressing wounds, and performing surgeries such as setting fractures. Spaying, neutering and dentistry (cleaning) are also common procedures, all in a day’s work.
I asked about the prospect posed at this time of year, as we approach Christmas, that many families may choose to get a pet because they love animals, or perhaps feel compelled to cave in to their children’s demands to own a pet, but don’t actually know how to properly look after it or have thought about just how much money it takes to properly take care of it.
Vicky Blondon, Head Veterinary Nurse, reminded me that the old advert “a puppy isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life” was right, and maybe needs to be resurrected, because however much you love animals, if you can’t look after them properly, it is cruelty towards that animal.