Matthew and Sally (who take part in the Transition discussion group) are hosting a visit to Rollins Wood in Marple Bridge on Thursday 14th August from Brabyn’s Park car park at 7.30pm.

Rollins Wood is a new initiative to create a community woodland, orchard and forest garden by restoring seven acres of neglected land, tucked away by the River Goyt in Marple Bridge. The land is old woodland and hedges with many oaks and hawthorns as well as a large field which has been alive with butterflies this summer.  Veg is grown on a small shared allotment and in August work will take place on a management plan and planting ideas.  Volunteers have cleared thousands of Himalayan Balsam plants this year with visible results. The land is shown on Google Maps here – above the river and east of Rollins Lane:,+Marple+Bridge,+Stockport&aq=0&oq=Rollins+Lan,+Marple+Bridge,+Stockport&sll=53.402516,-2.044401&sspn=0.005891,0.016512&vpsrc=6&t=h&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Rollins+Ln,+Marple+Bridge,+Stockport+SK6,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.407626,-2.057437&spn=0.00589,0.016512&z=17&iwloc=A

There’s a train at 7.03pm from New Mills Central. The wood is just down the hill from the station (left into the park, meet by the playground).  There is a ten minute walk down the river to the iron bridge where the wood starts.  It is also possible to drive around to the wood via Compstall Rd if anyone has limited mobility.

Matthew and Sally will describe their plans for the land and would welcome feedback.