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Summerseat Island, Bury

Summerseat Island, Bury


Proffitts are delighted to be working alongside Bury Council and the Summerseat Village Collective on plans to improve Summerseat Island, Bury. You can take a look at the exciting masterplan for the site below. Proposed changes include:

Providing a haven for nature and recreation by creating:

• A Honey House: A dedicated space to learn about the fascinating world of bees and their importance to our ecosystem.
• An Educational Oasis: A new container classroom with an outdoor sail shade will be established alongside the existing basketball court, providing a unique venue for educational programs and activities.
• A Picnic Perfect Space: Strategically placed picnic tables and sturdy stone and timber seats around the island and basketball court will provide perfect spots for relaxation and socialising.

Celebrating natural heritage:

• Woodland Sanctuary: Woodland areas will be carefully surveyed, and management actions will be taken to ensure their health and sustainability.
• Ecological Haven: An ecological and habitat survey, along with a bat survey, will be conducted to inform the planting of new trees, shrubs, and wildflowers throughout the site.
• Bat Box Blitz: The community will come together to create and install new bird and bat boxes around the island. Bat specialists will even be leading walks to identify the resident bat species!

Ensuring accessibility for all by:

Prioritising accessibility for all with surfaced paths, ramps, and boardwalks in boggy areas.

Adding fun features:

A Pump Track Paradise will also be added. The group will work with the community, young people, and a specialist contractor to design and build a new pump track on the site. This exciting feature will utilise natural materials and incorporate reused materials whenever possible, promoting sustainability and fun. The pump track will be designed to curve around existing trees, preserving the natural aesthetic.

Creating a flourishing pond and wildlife haven:

The existing pond area will be transformed into a vibrant wetland haven by re-excavating and reshaping the existing pond to create a larger and more ecologically beneficial area. The revamped pond area will create an attractive habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Boardwalks and dipping platforms will be constructed at the edges, allowing for closer exploration and nature connection.


The project is in the early stages, but it’s already looking very exciting! We’ll keep you updated on progress and next steps here, so do keep checking back for updates.

If you need a larger copy of the masterplan, then please click here: Summerseat Island proposals v1

Summerseat Island proposals v1