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Fires On Crompton Moor

One of the fires on Crompton Moor on Saturday. (picture: Friends of Crompton Moor)

Two separate fires broke out on Crompton Moor over the weekend. Firefighters had to be called out to deal with the blazes, which both happened on Saturday.

Mic Norbury from the Friends of Crompton Moor group took this picture of one of the fires.

He wrote on the group’s blog: “I assume that these were started deliberately, and we wondered what would have happened if […]

Events Explore History Of Crompton Moor

Crompton Moor

A series of events will take place in the coming weeks, related to the ongoing archaeological survey of Crompton Moor.

The survey, organised by Oldham Council, Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, and the University of Salford, is aimed at finding out more about the area, in part so a heritage trail can be constructed to benefit visitors.

A lecture about the survey takes place this coming Thursday at St Paul’s Methodist Church on Rochdale Road in Shaw, […]

Moorland Search For Brown Hares

Seen one of these lately? (picture: Marlene Thyssen)

Users of Crompton Moor recently took part in a search of the area, looking for brown hares. Sadly the survey, organised by the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, found no sign of the elusive animals.

The survey also doubled up as a training day for moor users. It’s hoped that local people will be able to take steps to increase the brown hare population, which has suffered a decline over the years, […]

Exclusive: Number Of Moorland Fires More Than Doubles

A fire burns on Rishworth Moor in April. (picture: Gary Richardson)

The number of fires on moorland in our area more than doubled last year, according to figures obtained by Saddleworth News.

There were 42 blazes on moorland and heathland in the borough of Oldham in 2010, compared with just 16 in 2009.

It was a similar picture across the whole of Greater Manchester, with 154 moorland fires last year, significantly higher than the 2009 tally of 68.

The […]

Dumped Rabbit Rescued From Crompton Moor

A rabbit which had apparently been dumped on Crompton Moor has been saved by two local walkers. They found an empty animal container in the Brushes Clough car park last Friday, and later found the animal hiding in a nearby culvert.

They decided to keep the rabbit and have christened him Splash, after the soggy state he was in when they discovered him. You can read more in a post on the Friends of Crompton Moor website here.

Car Hits Tree Near Buckstones Road

A driver had to be cut free from the wreckage of his vehicle after crashing into a tree near Buckstones Road this afternoon. The incident happened on a stretch of track which leads off Buckstones Road, past Pingot Quarry, and up to Slences Farm.

According to a spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, an emergency call was received just after 1pm. Fire engines from Oldham and Chadderton attended, along with police and the air ambulance.

Firefighters cut the man […]

Tree Planting On Crompton Moor Tomorrow

Crompton Moor

People who regularly use Crompton Moor are holding a tree planting event there tomorrow afternoon.

It’s scheduled for between 1pm and 3pm, and anyone interested in going along is asked to meet in the Brushes Clough car park off Buckstones Road.

One volunteer has also been hard at work making bird boxes, so help’s also needed to put those up.

If the weather’s bad and planting trees proves difficult, the volunteers say they’ll still have a get-together […]

Crompton Moor Volunteer Day

Crompton Moor

Local people are being encouraged to take part in a day of volunteering on Crompton Moor this Saturday. Council officials will be leading an effort to restock heather along the 1km length of the new cycling trail.

Anyone wanting to help out should meet at the Brushes Clough car park at 1pm. You should wear old clothes, and tools will be provided. You can get more information at the council’s website here.

The Lottery-funded trail was officially […]

Crompton Moor Bike Trail Opens

Crompton Moor

A new mountain bike trail on Crompton Moor is being officially opened today. Oldham’s own international mountain bike rider Tom Braithwaite will do the honours, along with representatives from the council and the moor users’ group.

The money for the project has come from the Big Lottery Fund, which awarded Oldham Council £30,000 to spend on Crompton Moor back in 2007. The council initially proposed replacing the existing, but unofficial and homemade, mountain bike trails with proper […]

Work Begins On New Crompton Moor Bike Trail

Crompton Moor

Work is beginning this week on a new bike trail on Crompton Moor. The 1km trail is being constructed on the spoil heaps at Brushes Clough, near the car park.

The money for the project is coming from the Big Lottery Fund, which awarded Oldham Council £30,000 to spend on Crompton Moor back in 2007. The council initially proposed replacing the existing, but unofficial and homemade, mountain bike trails with […]

Gypsies Set Up Camp On Crompton Moor

The gypsy camp at Brushes Clough on Crompton Moor this morning.

A group of gypsies has set up camp on Crompton Moor. According to local residents, they moved in to the area near the Brushes Clough car park at around 10 o’clock this morning.

Within an hour, the camp was made up of six caravans and four other vehicles. Several young children were among those at the camp off Buckstones Road, between […]

Council Leader Says There’s Room For Everyone On Crompton Moor

Crompton Moor

Oldham Council leader Howard Sykes has called for a “sensible” approach to the future of Crompton Moor. Cllr Sykes, who represents the Shaw ward where the moor is situated, has urged walkers, cyclists and horseriders to accept that there’s room on the moor for each of them to enjoy their activities.

The future of the moor has proved controversial in recent years, with some users of the area accusing the council of […]

Exclusive: Sharp Rise In Number Of Moorland Fires

Firefighters respond to a blaze on Crompton Moor above Denshaw in April.

There’s been a huge increase in the amount of fires breaking out on moorland in our area. The fire brigade responded to 36 moorland blazes in the borough of Oldham in April, May and June this year, compared with 19 in the entire previous year.

Senior firefighters have warned they’re being “needlessly tied up” as they deal with blazes on […]

Consultation On New Play Areas Begins

Oldham Council is asking members of the public to give their views on plans for new play areas in and around Lees. The proposals include what the council calls “informal” locations for children to play in the Medlock Valley, at both the Leesbrook Nature Park Area and on land reclaimed from the old Delph Donkey railway line.

The plans feature six different areas between Moorhey and Lees. Some are aimed at youngsters on bikes, while others would be best explored […]