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Minister Coffey visits the North West

minister coffey and David Rutley MP

Last Friday Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey visited the North West to see first-hand the effect that dry weather has had on the region.

Minister Coffey, Minister Rutley and members of EA's North West regional team
Minister Coffey, Minister Rutley and members of EA's North West regional team

Minister Coffey met the local Environment Agency (EA) team and representatives from United Utilities (UU) to learn about their important work to protect the environment from reduced water levels and  look at Teggsnose and Bottoms Reservoir, where the EA has applied for a Drought Permit to slow the release of water in order to maintain flow to the downstream River Bollin.

Minister Coffey and Minister Rutley
Minister Coffey and Minister Rutley
Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Minister Coffey reminded the public that the dry weather is expected to continue for the next few months:
"The Environment Agency will continue to do quite a lot of river monitoring. I still want to encourage people if they see wildlife in distress then do use the hotline to report that.  We will move fish if that’s what we need to do to keep them going."
(right to left) Minister Coffey, Antoinette Sandbach MP for Eddisbury, Mike Seddon, Director of Operations, Forest Enterprise, Alan Harrison, Head of Plant and Seed Supply (Forestry Commission)
(right to left) Minister Coffey, Antoinette Sandbach MP for Eddisbury, Mike Seddon, Director of Operations, Forest Enterprise, Alan Harrison, Head of Plant and Seed Supply (Forestry Commission)
Minister Coffey also visited Delamere Nursery to officially open their new cutting-edge greenhouse, as reported by Horticulture Week and The Northwich Guardian. 
The state-of-the-art growing facility will play a vital role in the maintenance and expansion of the Public Forest Estate throughout the UK.
minister Coffey and Mike Seddon, Director of Operations, Forest Enterprise
Minister Coffey and Alan Harrison, Head of Plant and Seed Supply (Forestry Commission)
Minister Coffey said at the opening:
"It is wonderful to be here to officially open this impressive new structure which will help ensure our forests are stocked with trees in a more sustainable and productive fashion.
The forests and woodlands that these trees will go on to be a part of are vital for providing timber, protecting wildlife, and helping us improve our environment for the next generation."

minister Coffey and volunteers

The glasshouse is part of a £5 million project, and boasts computerised environmental controls, rainwater harvesting from the glasshouse roof into a 15 million-litre capacity lagoon and a boom irrigation system, which allows accurate watering and can apply fertiliser and chemicals.