West Lancashire Borough Council’s hugely popular Green Fayre has been cancelled because of the persistent rain over the past six weeks.
The extravaganza, which is a celebration of country life, was due to take place at Beacon Country Park over the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July. But such a sustained period of wet weather has left ground conditions throughout the park heavily waterlogged.
More rain is forecast over the coming days and staff from the Council’s Parks and Countryside Ranger Service are concerned that as the ground is already waterlogged more rain-would make it unsafe to hold the fayre.
The event normally has large attendances, and hosts large scale displays and demonstrations. Staff were particularly concerned about the car park as the ground would have struggled to cope with a full weekend of heavy traffic.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said: “We are very disappointed to have been forced to cancel the Green Fayre. Thousands of people travel from miles around to come to this event which is the most important event in our countryside calendar. But with the ground in the park being so waterlogged it would have been unsafe to hold the event. Next year’s show will take place on 22 and 23 July 2017 and we very much hope the weather will be kinder to us then so this wonderful event can take place.”
Councillor Gagen added: “It is unfortunate that the 2016 Green Fayre has had to be cancelled. But there is a military themed Family Fun Weekend at Blaguegate Playing fields on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July that people can enjoy and help raise money for military charities at the same time. A selection of military vehicles will be on display, while other fun attractions include an inflatable assault course, live bands, climbing walls, bouncy castles, donkey rides and a hog roast.”
Despite the fayre being cancelled people are still welcome to visit Beacon Country Park and enjoy this beautiful area of local countryside. However, visitors should always wear suitable footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and ground conditions.
Looking after its local parks and countryside areas is an important part of the Council’s Leisure Strategy and in line with the Council Plan. One of the Plan’s key priorities is for the authority to be ambitious for the health and wellbeing of local communities.