Volunteers Praised For Cleaning Up Land

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Astley Sensory Fram volunteers photo
Astley Sensory Fram volunteers

A KIND-hearted group of volunteers have been praised after cleaning up land near a sensory farm after travellers stayed there for around a month.

A group of 34 caravans broke onto land close to Hope View Sensory Farm in Astley in July which left the owners with the prospect of heavy costs to evict the travellers. Gates at the site had been broken to allow the vehicles to drive on to the land.

The not-for-profit Marsland Green Lane farm includes a range of animals and wildlife to provide comfort for people who live with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Former nursing assistant Christine Dickenson, whose dad owns the farmland while she runs the facility, received a letter from Wigan Council which stated she needed to evict the remaining travellers or face a £20,000 fine.

She contacted the local authority to issue an eviction notice to the travellers, who left on Wednesday, and is now expecting a bill in the post.

A group of volunteers leant their support on Friday morning to help Christine in a litter-picking session.

Christine, 52, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the community for helping us to clean up the land.