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MAGDALE DAM
 


Honley - Magdale Dam


Photo - Anne Steward May 2016

Opportunity to Help Maintain Local Beauty Spot

Volunteers led by Committee member Neil Littlewood can regularly be seen maintaining the bankings and surrounding areas. If you would like to join them in this work and other work on Trust Land meet at the cemetary Chapel off Church Strreet at 10am on the second Sunday of every month. All equipment supplied and you can see just a few photos of the Land Volunteers at work


Magdale dam is a body of water which used to be a textile mill dam.

Honley Village Community Trust (HVCT) purchased the dam with the help of Holme Valley Piscatorial Association (HVPA) and a grant from the Lottery Fund in 2003. When then management agreement with the HVPA ended in 2017 HVCT took on full management and maintainance responsiblity of the Dam and immediate surroundings.

The Trust is committed to preserve Magdale as a conservation area of outstanding beauty that can be enjoyed by all of the community.

As part of this ongoing commitment in early 2018 Honley Village Community Trust commissioned a survey of the safety and condition of trees at Magdale from JCL Ltd., a firm of Arboricultural and Ecological consultants. In total 37 items of vegetation were surveyed - 28 individual trees, 4 groups of trees and 5 woodland areas.

The report states that there is no urgent action required on any of the trees but there are recommendations to undertake management work on a number of trees during the next 6 to 12 months. This includes the reduction of 5 trees to a 8-12 metre stem where there has been significant dieback or decay, or the tree is structurally unsound. The remaining stems will provide good wildlife habitats. 12 trees are recommended for pruning as specified in the report. The majority of these trees are situated along the edge of Magdale Dam, where pruning is required to ensure the trees are not susceptible to any storm damage which could weaken the dam wall. 19 trees, including some that will be pruned, are identified as having defects which may render them unsafe in the future, but are recommended for biennial monitoring at present.

The Trust will need to apply to Kirklees Council for permission to undertake this tree management work in a conservation area. It is planned for the work to be phased over the autumn and winter. No work will be undertaken during the bird nesting period".

If any member of the Trust has any questions or would like to know more please email Steve Hemming secretary@honleyvillagetrust.org.uk who will be happy to try to answer them.

 

 



We would be grateful for any donations towards the upkeep of this lovely local beauty spot. Thank You

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