Community orchard plans

A new community orchard will be created this Autumn, alongside the allotment site at Manfield, Ashurst.

We are looking for volunteers to help plant and create this new area, so please get in touch with Paula Campbell if you are interested in getting involved.  Phone Paula on 01695-585144 or email

Team Tawd work days

West Lancashire Borough Council Ranger Service is offering the opportunity to help shape Tawd Valley Park into the wonderful haven for people and wildlife it has the potential to be.

There will be a rolling programme of activities and tasks where you can learn new skills in a friendly social environment. Tasks vary with the seasons but will include:

  • Woodland Management (tree thinning, pruning)
  • Vegetation control (pulling/slashing/strimming)
  • Environmental improvements (river clearance, litter picking)
  • Path clearance and creation (cutting back, digging, shovelling, installing edging and steps)
  • Pond clearance and maintenance (Planting, tree removal)
  • Orchard creation (planting, pruning)
  • Hedgerow creation and maintenance (planting, pruning, laying)

When : Every Friday and the first Saturday of the month (starting October 6th)

Meet: 10am at the turning circle at the end of Summer Street, Skelmersdale  WN8 6XJ. Please arrive promptly as task location will vary from meeting point.

Please wear suitably robust footwear and clothing.  No experience or existing skills required as full instruction and guidance will be provided.


Mountain Bike Course

One of the exciting projects the Borough Council is looking to develop in Tawd Valley Park is the creation of a pump track or mountain bike course.

This off road cycle course will provide excitement, thrills and spills, using the woodlands in the northern area of the park.

We are keen to hear from anyone interested in helping us to design the course, and possibly helping to manage it in the future.

If you want to get involved please phone Paula Campbell on 01695-585144 or email

John Muir Awards scheme

The John Muir Award initiative encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.  It’s an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds – groups, families, individuals.

Four Challenges lie at the heart of the John Muir Award

  • Discover a wild place
  • Explore it
  • Conserve it
  • Share your experiences

Lathom High School has been taking part in the John Muir Award scheme over the last year focusing on Tawd Valley Park and will be continuing in the coming academic term.

Find out more about the John Muir Award scheme here.

If your group or school is interested in getting involved, contact Paula Campbell on 01695-585144 or email