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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Halloween will be a real scream at Coronation Park in Ormskirk this autumn

From Halloween screams to looking for fantastic fungi there’s lots of fun to be had in West Lancashire’s parks in October.

West Lancashire Borough Council Rangers’ free events for the month start on Sunday 5 October with a clean up around the former Lydiate Station on the Cheshire Lines path. Volunteers can help cut back vegetation, improve access points to the area and install new furniture. People taking part should meet at Lydiate Station off Altcar Lane at 10am.

The rangers are starting a series of Ranger Skills events, in conjunction with Edge Hill University and the Friends of Coronation Park, where volunteers can learn new skills. The first of these is Meadow Management on Wednesday 15 October, between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

Visitors to Coronation Park, Ormskirk, on Saturday 18 October can enjoy Fantastic Foraging and Fungi with David Winnard, an expert from natural history company Discover The Wild. You can join David and the ranger as they look for amazing species of fungi and plants on a walk around our lovely local park. They will be looking for some wild edibles around as well as looking for the things to avoid!

Just before Halloween people can enjoy carving scary pumpkins on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October, at Coronation Park, Ormskirk, starting at 2pm on both days. The pumpkins will be lined up around the park’s pond on Halloween night and the best three will be given a prize that night. This will be the second of the Ranger Skills events.

Booking is essential for the pumpkin carving. To reserve your place and find out more about the Ranger Skills events contact Jessica Britch, park ranger, on 01695 570258 or email jessica.britch@westlancs.gov.uk.

An exciting night of haunting Halloween antics is planned for Coronation Park, Ormskirk, on Friday 31 October, between 6pm and 8pm. A highlight of this will be the scary theatrical promenade through the woods.

People are encouraged to come in costume as there is a fancy dress competition, and local band 909 will provide the musical entertainment. 12-century re-enactment group Historia Normannis will also be there to help the evening go with a swing and plenty of other attractions are being planned, so don’t miss this exciting event.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “A great month of exciting parks events has been lined up for people to enjoy, so make sure you come along and join in the fun.”

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather and ground conditions.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council leisure events please visit events.

For more information about volunteering opportunities with the Ranger Service please contact 01695 622794. You can also find out more about parks and countryside events by following the rangers on Twitter @WLBC_Rangers.

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