A park in Radcliffe has become the borough's newest "local nature reserve" (LNR), taking the total in the area to seven.

LNRs are green spaces close to communities that are important habitats for wildlife and recreation areas.

Springwater Park is Bury's seventh LNR, following Philips Park, Chesham, Hollins Vale, Redisher Wood, Chapelfield and Kirklees Valley.

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All the parks have community groups that are actively involved in the management of each site, which are well used by schools and local groups.

Springwater Park lies between Radcliffe and Whitefield and the Rivers Irwell and Roch run along its northern edge.

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Since forming in 2017, the Friends of Springwater Park have been keen to see the site recognised for its importance for wildlife and recreational value.

Alan Bailey, chair of Love Springwater Park, said: “We are delighted that Springwater Park is being declared as a Local Nature Reserve.

“Our group has worked tirelessly to improve the park for the local community, and this is a welcome acknowledgement of that and of the importance of the site for wildlife and recreation.”

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Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations at the council, added: “I am delighted by the level of support the Friends have shown for Springwater Park over the last five years.

“Their efforts have culminated in Springwater Park being designated as the borough’s seventh Local Nature Reserve.”

Becoming an LNR can also help with grant bids and attracting external funding.

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