NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2011.
A meeting to discuss ambitious plans for Gresford Quarry is being held by the award-winning Maes Y Pant Action Group (MyPAG) tomorrow.
Moves to preserve the former quarry and turn it into a community hub are already well underway and the committee of volunteers are keen to have input from as many people as possible on new uses for the public space.
The area around Gresford Quarry is popular with walkers, joggers and plant and wildlife spotters and potential plans are designed to support a range of activity for all ages and include looking to establish a bike track with specially designed jumps which take advantage of the natural contours, whilst still maintaining the landscape for other users.
The land was purchased primarily through WREN funding via Mersey Waste Holdings with the full support of Gresford Community Council and local environmental group IMAGE. In addition funding to develop a feasibility study was provided through Northern Marches Cymru.
MyPAG recently received a big financial boost after they were awarded £1,000 for winning the Welsh regional community award at the Future Friendly Awards and Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has also lent them his support.
The 70 acres owned by the group are home to many types of wildlife including woodland mammals, insects, birds, fungi, slow worms, and the rare bee orchid.
Plans for the future include improving the pathways, introducing signage and benches, implementing woodland management and improving the environment for wildlife to encourage biodiversity.
The public meeting will be held at 7.30pm in Marford Community Centre.
You can find out more information about the project at http://www.maes-y-pant.com/Wales News.