A dryer path for walkers

Ranger Duncan McNaughton sets to work on Cooling Lane, at Higher Fold, Leigh, the popular lane leads to Tyldesley.
Ranger Duncan McNaughton sets to work on Cooling Lane, at Higher Fold, Leigh, the popular lane leads to Tyldesley.
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WALKERS and horseriders in Tyldesley may soon be able to enjoy a popular path without having to negotiate large pools of standing water whenever there is heavy rain.

The Forestry Commission have begun work to improve the drainage on Cooling Lane, a popular woodland route between Higher Folds and Tyldesley which is susceptible to flooding.

Rangers are cutting back overhanging trees to prevent leaves falling into the road and blocking the drainage, and flytipping is being removed.

Once that is complete the lane will be resurfaced and cambered to enable water to drain away.

The Forestry Commission also hopes cutting the trees back will help encourage new growth and improve conditions for flowers by increasing the amount of light getting to the woodland floor.

The area is popular with wildlife enthusiasts, with the woods around Cooling Lane offering a habitat for creatures including newts, frogs, woodpeckers and roe deer.

Forest Ranger Duncan MacNaughton, who will be overseeing the work programme, said: “This is a popular path with horse riders, walkers and students so it is important that the work is done.

“It is a beautiful area and one that is well used. Hopefully the improvements we are making to the path will make walking in the area an even more pleasant experience.”