Summer is here and there are some fantastic free events planned in West Lancashire’s parks in the month of June by West Lancashire Borough Council’s Parks and Countryside Service.
There will be a real buzz around Beacon Country Park on Saturday June 3 for visitors who take part in the Bee Safari, which starts from the Visitor Centre at 2pm. They can join a stroll around Beacon Country Park with the Rangers and experts from Lancashire Wildlife Trust's "Plan Bee" project and find out more about local bees, their importance and what you can do to help them. No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Fancy learning more about traditional woodland management? Then come along to the Oak Bark Peeling event at Beacon Country Park on Sunday 4 June and Wednesday 7 June, between 10am and 3pm, starting from the Visitor Centre. You can join the Rangers and the Council’s resident coppice workers from Greenwood Twiggs to find out about the sustainable woodland management techniques in place around Beacon Country Park. You can also have a go at the traditional practice of oak bark peeling where strips of the precious bark are removed, bundled and whisked away to be used by the leather curing industry in Britain's last remaining tannery.
Put your best foot forward for the Monday, June 5, for the Fairy Glen Ramble, starting from the Entrance to Fairy Glen (A5209) at 10am. Join the Rangers for a 5-6mile ramble through the countryside surrounding Fairy Glen. This walk will be set at a relaxed pace and is aimed at inexperienced walkers who are trying to build their confidence and fitness to go on longer walks.
Volunteers can help the Rangers prevent Himalayan Balsam from spreading through Fairy Glen and choking native plants at the Balsam Bashing event on 10 June and 24 June, starting at 10am on both days. To join the bashing team you must ring 01695 622794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting point is the layby opposite Fairy Glen (A5209).
A fantastic fun day is taking place at Richmond Park in Burscough on Sunday, 11 June, between 11am and 4pm. Supported by the Friends of Richmond Park, this will be a great day out for all the family. Activities include a pet show at 1pm with categories that include best pet/owner lookalike and fastest tail in the west. There will also be community stalls, children's rides and much more. This event is free and owners can bring their pets along on the day. They do not have to enter in advance but if they want more information before the day they can call 01695 570258. Can owners please ensure all pets are supervised during the day.
On Saturday June 17 find out how to identify wild flowers and plants and find out more about their uses on a three-mile guided tour of Beacon Country Park with the Rangers and a local expert, starting from the Visitor Centre at 10am. The event is free but booking is required. Call 01695 622794 for more details.
Stride out on an eight-mile hike around Hunters Hill on Sunday 18 June, joining the Rangers to take in a local countryside. The walk starts at 10am and people taking part should meet at the Hunters Hill Car Park. No need to book in advance..
A free celebration of dance and music comes to Coronation Park in Ormskirk on Sunday, June 25 when the Ormskirk Dance Festival takes place between 11am and 4pm. There will be displays and performances from a variety of local dance groups centred around the park bandstand. For more information on the event, ring 01695 570258.
Under 16s require adult supervision at all these activities, except for the Richmond Park fun day and the Ormskirk Dance Festival.
Please ensure that appropriate clothing and footwear is worn when attending these events, particularly on the walks. Gardening gloves are recommended for the Balsam Bashing event.
Fancy volunteering with the Ranger Service? Call 01695 622794 for more information. Find out more about parks and countryside events by following the Rangers on Twitter @WLBC_Rangers or visiting their Facebook page (external link).
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