New, 13 Acre Wetlands Open in Salford

A new urban wetland, created as part of a £10 million flood protection scheme, is now open to the public. The Castle Irwell site at the site of the old Manchester Racecourse off Littleton Road will provide a new home for birds, wildlife and nature as well as new space for runners, cyclists and walkers. Ironically its opening was delayed by wet weather – with contractors unable to finish surfacing the paths due to the long, cold, wet winter. It meant the area had to stay closed to the public on safety grounds. Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning and sustainable development, said: “We are all very glad to see the new wetland area finally open – and the bank holiday weather look

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