The ambitious project to convert Wrose Quarry Wetlands into a captivating sanctuary of nature for public enjoyment is well underway at the Carr Lane site. The Shipley Towns Fund has allocated a generous £70,000 to fund the transformation of this 2.5-acre expanse, which formerly served as a brickworks facility.

The endeavour aims to create an enhanced network of paths, along with the excavation of new ponds and wetlands, ensuring year-round accessibility and enjoyment of the space. The anticipated completion date is September, following months of diligent effort, including the installation of new drainage systems and at least 30 meters of additional stone pitching to extend the pathway.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, the Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning, and Transport, expressed his satisfaction with the project’s progress, stating, “Work has been progressing remarkably well on this significant initiative that will truly revolutionise this historically significant section of Wrose. These improvements will offer more individuals the opportunity to relish this space for years to come.”

Adam Clerkin, Chair of the Shipley Towns Fund, shared his vision, stating, “Our primary objective has always been to enhance the site’s accessibility while fostering increased biodiversity in the area. We are mindful of the needs of the current users of the quarry, predominantly local residents and avid walkers.”

The project has already engaged the services of 121 volunteers, who have undergone training to contribute to this transformative venture. Additionally, the team hopes to collaborate with the Highcroft Youth Centre, Low Ash Primary School, and Shipley College.

Leading the initiative on behalf of The Conservation Volunteers, Col Powell expressed his excitement, saying, “We are genuinely thrilled to be part of this project. Witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of local individuals has been nothing short of incredible. The team has laboured tirelessly and made substantial progress.”

While there is still much work ahead, the end result will be a sanctuary open to visitors throughout the year, where changing seasons offer evolving vistas. The addition of new ponds and wetland features will harmonise with the existing habitats, broadening the range of flora and fauna that call this site home.

The finished area will encompass informative display boards, inviting benches, picturesque boardwalk paths, and the planting of indigenous hedgerows, completing the transformation into a nature retreat that caters to both the senses and the intellect.