Friends of Tawd Valley celebrate busy year

The Friends of Tawd Valley group celebrated another productive year recently – with a joint Christmas social event with the newly re-formed Skelmersdale Heritage Society.  Both groups are focusing local interest on the Park, and the Friends group has been doing fantastic work over the last year to support and connect local people to get ‘hands on’ with the project.

first guided walk
Guided walk in July

The regeneration of Tawd Valley Park is the biggest environmental project in Skelmersdale for many years and the Friends have run a series of activities through the year to get people involved. Their first guided walk through the park in July attracted a group of 15 people who enjoyed exploring the amazing nature and wildlife on their doorstep – while also learning about some of the history of the area.

second guided walk
August guided walk

A second walk in August proved even more popular with people exchanging memories of growing up with the Tawd on their doorstep and had the added bonus of a visit to Houghton Road and Tawd Valley Allotments (whose kind hospitality provided a very welcome pit stop with a cuppa and cake).

At end of November, the Friends held a tree planting day to celebrate the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter Day, and The Big Climate Fightback campaign which aims to get a million people pledging to plant trees.  Sixty people braved the frost and cold on this wintry Saturday to help plant 900 saplings – including children from Stepping Stones Day Nursery. 

first steps
Stepping Stones day nursery help with tree planting

The Friends have also been heavily involved in the environmental work in the Park through the weekly Team Tawd work days organised in conjunction with the Council’s Rangers Service.  Together they have done an astounding amount of work this year including litter picking, path clearing, balsam bashing, wildflower sowing, meadow strimming, step building, community orchard maintaining, and seed collecting:

 

The Friends finished this amazingly productive year with a bluebell planting day in early December – to add stock to the beautiful carpet of bluebells that appears in the park every May.

Reflecting on this busy year, Friends of Tawd Park chairman Terry Lake says:

 ‘I think it’s important that we as residents make the most of the Council’s work in regenerating the Tawd Park.  We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get involved and work together to really improve this green heart of the town – so it can be what people want and need.  Lots of people have great memories of playing in and around the Tawd while growing up, and now we have a good chance to make sure it’s regenerated to give happy memories for generations to come.  It’s an amazing resource for the town and surprisingly beautiful – it’s been described as the jewel in Skelmersdale’s crown.  The council is investing heavily in making the paths, lake, bridges and cycleways better so we can all access the area and enjoy the natural beauty that’s on our doorstep.  The Friends group would love everyone to get involved. Come to our one off events or weekly Team Tawd work days – and let’s all get stuck in to make the most of our amazing Tawd!’


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