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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Volunteers help with meadow management at Coronation Park in Ormskirk

Volunteers from the Princes Trust joined West Lancashire Borough Council Parks and Countryside Ranger Service and members of the Friends of Coronation Park to help with the Meadow Project at Coronation Park, Ormskirk.

Management of the meadow in the park is very important to help stimulate growth for the following year. The team worked extremely hard clearing the meadow of hay after its autumn cut to help the seed bed for the following year. They found it hard work but enjoyed the task at hand with many of them stating that it was saving them a visit to the gym that evening.

The Council has links with the Wildlife Trust who have provided seeds from the Plan Bee project, and since the meadow has been cleared new wildflower seeds have been sown so the meadow will be full of beautiful blooms in the spring and summer. This helps to offer a food source for pollinators and provide a habitat for water voles that reside at Coronation Park. In the last 75 years a staggering 97% of meadows have been lost in Britain, so providing meadows in parks helps to conserve wildlife into the future.

The Princes Trust runs a range of local training programmes through West Lancashire College and provides mentoring support and offer financial grants to build the confidence and motivation of disadvantaged young people.

Nationally each year the Princes Trust works with about 60,000 young people, with around 80% moving on to employment, education, training or volunteering.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The young volunteers have done a great job working with the Rangers and the Friends group, and I am sure they enjoyed the tasks they carried out.”

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