A GROUP campaigning against the redevelopment of Hulton Park has given a sneak preview of its "calendar girls" project.

Hulton Estate Area Residents Together (Heart) is putting together a calendar featuring pictures of protestors, some of whom have stripped off for the photo shoot.

These include 22-year-old Fiona Partington, of Deardens Farm in Manchester Road, which is threatened by Peel's plans to turn the site into a Ryder Cup golf course and 1,036 homes.

The calendar is being made to raise money for the group and to raise awareness of what would be lost at the Grade II-listed estate.

Sandra Hesketh, secretary of Heart, said: "The residents of the farm land and Hulton Park have come together to raise money to fight Peel, the landowner who bought the estate which was in the hands of one family and documented for 850 years — one of if not the longest in English history.

"This beautiful untouched estate and its rare biological ecosystem could be ravaged by a ruthless turning of one million tonnes of earth and the uprooting of 23 acres of ancient trees.

"Residents are so incensed of the loss of the wild life they are stripping off to make a calendar to raise money to pay barristers fees."

The plans were approved by Bolton Council in March but have to be approved by the Government. It also can not go ahead unless Peel wins its bid to host the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Heart is now pushing for a public inquiry to examine the plans and Bolton Council's decision to approve them.