Great news from Warrington Borough Council! They’ve secured funding to replace the Observation Tower destroyed in July 2017.

Risley Moss Observation Tower, burned down in an arson attack.

WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL’S STATEMENT, MARCH 2019  Click here to see what the council said

Risley Moss Action Group (RIMAG) is delighted that Warrington Borough Council’s considerable efforts in bidding for WREN funding to support the construction of a replacement observation tower at Risley Moss Nature Reserve have been successful.

The original tower, an iconic structure that stood on the reserve since it opened in 1980, was destroyed by arsonists in 2017, and the culprits remain at large

The community, both locally and beyond, has once again shown the high regard in which they hold Risley Moss. In the early 1990s, they worked together to prevent the closure of the reserve, and now they have shown solidarity in helping raise over £10,000 – a significant contribution to the successful bid.

This sum was raised through generous donations from local organisations including: Spectrum Striders, Friends of Birchwood Forest Park, sponsored participants in the Three Peaks Challenge, Emma Wood and the Elf Hunt Crew, ASDA Community Award, community fund raising through Go Fund Me, and a range of local school and uniformed youth groups. In addition, there were major contributions from the general public supporting RIMAG fundraising activities.

Special thanks go to Chris Gribbin and his team at Birchwood Shopping Centre, who through donations to their honesty library, continue to support RIMAG.

A spokesperson for the Friends Group offered a huge thank you to each and every one who has supported the effort, adding: ‘We hope that the community will continue to be involved in the next stage, a consultation on the proposed design, that will ultimately lead to construction work in the Autumn of 2019.’

Dr Paul Speake, RIMAG Chairman

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