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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Volunteers help with Meadow Project in Coronation Park

A team of 18 volunteers joined West Lancashire Borough Council rangers and members of the Friends of Coronation Park to help with the Meadow Project at the park.

Management of the meadow of the park is very important to help stimulate growth for the following year. The team worked hard to clear the meadow of hay after the autumn cut had taken place so that next spring and summer it will look even better than as it has in previous years.

The team of volunteers were brought together through the National Citizens Service, a government-funded summer programme which brings together young people aged 15-17 from different backgrounds, encouraging them to get involved in their local communities, boosting their confidence and helping them to develop leadership, communications and team-working skills.

The young people are all from Ormskirk, Skelmersdale and the surrounding areas. They took part in a sponsored walk on Sunday 6 September to raise money for the Friends of Coronation Park group. They walked a pretty tough and muddy 10km route starting in Beacon Country Park and taking in the Ashurst Beacon. Along the way they had 30 fun challenges to complete, such as picking up litter, and giving balloons out to members of the public.

The sponsored walk was the first of a number of activity days for the volunteers, which also included the Meadow Project in coronation Park and a one-day campaign in their local town centre on an issue they care about.

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.”

The Council has links with the Wildlife Trust, 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.

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