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Friday, November 01, 2013

Volunteer sessions at Coronation Park

Come and help make Ormskirk’s Coronation Park look even better by taking part in community events over the next few weeks.

West Lancashire Borough Council rangers are working in association with Edge Hill University and the Friends of Coronation Park to organise fun clean-up and maintenance activities for volunteers.

University students have already been lending a hand with tasks such as raking the wildflower meadow and clearing the raised flowerbeds of weeds. But anyone is welcome to come and help out.

One of the Edge Hill students Sophie Percival, who is also the Friends’ group secretary, said: “Volunteering is so important for students these days as it is necessary to get most jobs, especially in the conservation sector. These sessions are a great opportunity for students to get involved in giving something back to the local community and as a student myself I am grateful to the Friends’ group for giving us such an opportunity. I am also trying to get students more involved with a number of other activities and events on the park.”

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Coronation Park in Ormskirk has been given Green Flag status for the last six years which shows how hard the council and the friends group works to maintain it. These activities over the coming weeks will make the park look even nicer and help local wildlife.”

On Wednesday 13 November volunteers can help to coppice trees and create habitats for wildlife. Then on Wednesday 27 November the session will involve weeding and putting a type of compost down on tree roots to help keep them warm over winter.

Further events take place on Wednesday 4 December and Saturday 14 December, when people can with improvements to the wetland area.

All events start at 12.30pm and finish at 3.30pm. Refreshments will be provided. To take part, meet at the bandstand. Please where suitable clothing and footwear.

For more details please call Jessica Britch, park ranger, on 01695 570258.


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