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Monday, January 12, 2015

Enjoy the great outdoors and find out more about our parks and countryside events

Explore and enjoy some of the great parks and areas of countryside found in West Lancashire this year and get in touch with nature!

Some of the fantastic places that you could visit that are managed by West Lancashire Borough Council include Beacon Country Park, Up Holland and Coronation Park, Ormskirk. Both of these parks have been recognised as some of the best green spaces in the country and have subsequently earned the prestigious Green Flag Award.

In addition, there are many other great places to visit, including Dean Wood, Up Holland; Fairy Glen, off Parbold Hill; Hunters Hill, Hilldale; Ruff Wood, Ormskirk; Richmond Park, Burscough; Stanley Coronation Park, Skelmersdale; and Tawd Valley Park, Skelmersdale. To find more about these parks please visit parks and countryside.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Health and Leisure, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have such wonderful countryside and parks available on our doorstep in West Lancashire. I would encourage everyone to enjoy some time at our upcoming events and in the great outdoors this year.”

Family fun is guaranteed all year round. During 2015 you will be able to join the Rangers on children’s activities, conservation tasks, family fundays and wildlife events such as the Big Garden Birdwatch in Coronation Park, Ormskirk, on Saturday 24 January and Beacon Country Park on Sunday 25 January.

Major events planned for later in the year include the Medieval Weekend at Coronation Park, Ormskirk, on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May, and the Green Fayre at Beacon Country Park on 25 July and 26 July. There are also guided walks and music concerts, so there really is something for everybody. Please come along and join in with the fun.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events. For information about volunteering opportunities with the Ranger Service please email Beacon.Park@westlancs.gov.uk or telephone 01695 622794. Alternatively you can find out more about parks and events by following the rangers on Twitter @WLBC_Rangers. You can also follow the rangers’ activities on Facebook by searching for WLBC.Rangers.

Our free Parks and Countryside Events 2015 booklets are available to collect from local libraries, community centres, information centres, leisure centres and the visitor centre at Beacon Country Park. It will also be available very soon on parks and countryside, where people can also find out more about West Lancashire’s parks and countryside areas. The Rangers can also post copies if people request them.

If you would like to join the Rangers’ mailing list and receive your events programme through the post please email your name and full address to beacon.park@westlancs.gov.uk or telephone 01695 622794.