New photography exhibition captures the beauty of Northwich Woodlands

Firecrest Wildlife Winner by Maggie Bullock.

Proposed by Fiona Young

A new photography exhibition will showcase the best work from a recent competition that attracted more than 170 entries.

The exhibition has been organized by the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) and will be held at the Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich from March 29.

The photographs capture the diverse and special habitats of the Northwich Woodlands.

Jim Jeeves, event organizer for FoAM, said: “FoAM is a proactive group of 245 local volunteers who support and play an active role in caring for the magnificent 1,000 acres of Northwich Woodlands.

“We do this by organizing walks, conferences and events and by developing projects to conserve and improve biodiversity and amenities.

Work, Rest and Play Happy Days by Graham Walker.

“Over the past two years the pandemic has significantly restricted our events, but FoAM decided its bi-annual photography competition was a way to stimulate interest and purpose among visitors to the Northwich Woodlands.

“The free contest was open to anyone – not just FoAM members – provided that the photos depicted the woods over the past two years and fell into one of four categories: landscape, flora, fauna and “work, rest and play”. ‘.

“We are delighted to have received over 170 entries from Cheshire and Greater Manchester and very pleased that our neighbor the Lion Salt Works Museum is kindly hosting this exhibition of the best photos.”

Flora Winner Winter Teasel by Dave Trevor.

Councilor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: ‘The Friends of Anderton and Marbury are an amazing group of volunteers who, since forming in 1999, have supported the dedicated Northwich Woodlands Ranger to maintain and improve this beautiful habitat. – rich area.

“I have had the pleasure of visiting and working with the volunteers on several occasions and I am delighted that they can present these magnificent photographs.

“The Northwich Woodlands includes not only woodland but also parkland (including two avenues of mature trees) and a bluebell woodland as well as rich sea, canal and river waterscapes.

“In addition to well-marked walking and cycling paths, there are also interesting information boards. Much of Woodland’s diversity is represented in the high quality images that won the FoAM photography competition and are featured in this wonderful exhibit.

“The Northwich Woodlands can be reached just two minutes from the entrance to the Lion Salt Works Museum via a well marked cycle and walking path or by simply following the canal path along the Trent and Mersey Canal which borders the museum.”

Landscape winner Neumann’s Flash by Dave Atherton.

The photography competition was judged by Simon Davies, Head of Sixth Year Art Department, Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College, Nick Jones, a well-respected professional photographer and Andy Harmer, a well-known environmentalist. It was decided that this year there would be no overall winner and each category winner received a certificate – commendations were also awarded.

The winners were:

  • Flora Category Winner: ‘Winter Teasel’ by David Trevor from Davenham
  • Wildlife Category Winner: ‘Firecrest’ by Maggie Bullock of Sandiway
  • Landscape Category Winner: ‘Neumann’s Flash’ by Sandiway’s Dave Atherton
  • Winner of the Work, Rest and Play category: “Happy Days” by Graham Walker of Barnton

Admission to the exhibit is included in the standard museum admission price. For more information click here or call 01606 275066.


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Tracey L. Sweeney