Waist-deep in mud on Hyndburn’s Local Nature Reserves!

Hyndburn Borough Council has teamed up with Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation to run a series of weekend volunteer days in and around two of Hyndburn’s local nature reserves; Peel Park and the Coppice, and Woodnook Vale. The volunteer days are part of a new programme of activities for Hyndburn’s fantastic Local Nature Reserves.

Anne Hourican, Hyndburn’s Environmental Initiatives Officer, said:

We have such fantastic places for nature in Hyndburn and local people are very passionate and knowledgeable about these places. Hopefully running weekend activities will allow more people, especially those with busy work and family lives during the week, to do this.’

The idea behind the trial is to get as many people from the local community involved and enthused about their local environment as possible, whilst also helping to look after it. The volunteer days kicked off at Platt’s Lodge at the beginning of October and are planned to continue twice a month until March 2020. If the trial is successful it is hoped that the volunteer days will continue past this date, building up an enthusiastic group of volunteers.

October’s water themed activities, run by Ribble Rivers Trust, saw a group of eight volunteers create a small wetland area planted with native wildflowers as well as cleaning up litter and clearing an overgrown path at Platts lodge. On the second volunteer day volunteers took the plunge and donned waders to get stuck in opening an area of clear water and cutting back overhanging trees shading a pond near Plantation Road.

The next two volunteer days are to be run by Prospects Foundation in November and coincide with National Tree Week. The two days are Saturday 23 November and Saturday 30 November; volunteers are welcome to get involved at Rothwell Heights and Plantation Woods respectively for family friendly tree planting and woodland activities.

If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, contact Ribble Rivers Trust on 01200 444 452 or e-mail admin@ribbletrust.com or Prospects Foundation on 01254 230 348 or e-mail info@prospectsfoundation.org.uk.