Medlock & Tame Valley Conservation Association
Founded in 1971
1971 Leonard N. Kidd and Bert Hodson,
members of the Oldham
Microscopical and Natural History Society corresponded with councillors and
press regarding Saddleworth Parish Council proposal to use weedkillers to
eradicate rosebay willow herb from verges and open spaces. This sparked the
formation of a conservation group then known as the Medlock & Tame Valley
Conservation Committee (MTVCC)
The Inaugural Meeting was held at Werneth Park Study Centre on 14th Aug,
1971 with objectives to protect the natural, industrial and local history
in the two river valleys.
There were over one hundred members by the end of 1971.
1975 The MTVCA opened the Museum in
Stables at Park Bridge (March) by volunteer work. A glittering
night was held with many traditional acts performing. This put Park Bridge
on the map.
In March, MTVCC becomes the Medlock & Tame Valley Conservation Association
(MTVCA) and was registered with the Charity Commission on 16th September.
The MTVCA was given advisory and observer status on the Medlock & Tame
Joint Valley Committee (Local Authority body) which had been set up in 1974
by Greater Manchester Council. The committee was composed of councillors
and officials from Oldham, Tameside, Stockport and Manchester to monitor
the management of the two river valleys.
1976 The peak membership of MTVCA was reached with over 500 members including
individuals and affiliated groups.
1978 Despite the membership the MTVCA was relying on a very small band of
The first decade of the Associations achievements can be summarised
i) Shaped the policies of the
Nook Country Park
ii) Established a Nature Reserve at the Royal George in Greenfield
iii) Restored the Stables at Park Bridge1980 The membership declined to about
100 throughout the decade.
1995 The HQ was moved from Werneth Park Study Centre to 5 Oaken Clough Terrace
by kind permission of Mildred
Burlinson, a wildlife garden to be established in the grounds.
In February Oaken Clough was served with a Tree Preservation Order by Tameside
In April the Joint Valley Committees were dissolved and the rivers become
the responsibility of the Local Authorities. The MTVCA still had observer
status at the meetings.
Membership was now around 50 60 during the 90s.
1997 A plaque commemorating 25 years of the MTVCA was placed at the John
Howarth Centre (Daisy Nook)
1999 The MTVCA was acknowledged by Tameside and Oldham MBCs for its input
into the Agenda 21 documents produced by both councils.
The Garden at 5 Oaken Clough Terrace was declared a site of Special Biological
Interest (SBI) because of the great crested newts in the pond.
2002 Last AGM before Mildred became indisposed.
2005 The Association was re-invigorated with a new Committee.
2008 No 5 Oaken Clough Terrace became the property of the MTVCA (bequeathed
by Mildred Burlinson) and became the main focus of the Associations
The Association works in co-operation with the countryside wardens and rangers,
acts as a liaison between administrators and residents and continues to extend
links with local conservationists. It seeks to act as a counterbalance to
the loss of greenery and wildlife in leisure places, as a guardian of the
quality of life and a sane advocate for the preservation of our heritage.
Non-political and non-biased the Association will continue to oppose building
unconnected with present use on green belt land and in the river valleys.
Registered Charity (No. 504558). The headquarters at
5 Oaken Clough Terrace comprises
a large end terraced house and three quarters of an acre of wildlife garden.
Contained within the grounds are a pond, bird hide, apiary, botanical herb
garden and wildflower meadow. Through on-going projects we seek to provide
habitats and safe havens for pond life, birds, insects and animals within
In the cellar of the house we have established an
alternative energy workshop
to develop solar, wind and water power to provide useful electricity.
The Association confidently hopes that those living and working in the
valleys are far-sighted enough to carry on the work of the Medlock and Tame
Valley Conservation Association and that this will continue with the next
generation and so keep our valleys green.
Registered HQ: MTVCA, 5 Oaken Clough Terrace,
Ashton-under-Lyne,Lancs, OL7 9NY
Charity Number: 504558