Wetland Work-out

The rain stayed away on Saturday morning whilst our team of epic volunteers gathered behind the allotments on Ashurst to begin digging the long and narrow drainage trench for the wetland/scrape project. WLBC Ranger Chris and Team Tawd had prepped the ground on Friday, by spray painting red marker lines on where they wanted the … Read more


One year ago, FoTV was awarded the Wild Trout Trust’s – Trout in the Town Official Bronze Chapter Accreditation for the work achieved in improving the river Tawd and its surroundings. Well today, because of the continued hard work to improve the river, FoTV have achieved the criteria requirements in obtaining the next accreditation… And … Read more

Would you like the opportunity to teach people how to swim?

STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming – Park Pool, Ormskirk Would you like the opportunity to earn a STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming. This free course will qualify learners to teach non- swimmers, beginners and improvers. This Ofqual regulated qualification is the first step in a swimming teaching career and on successful completion … Read more

Scrape Spectacular

FoTV volunteers and West Lancs Ranger Service had a fantastic day on Saturday, continuing the work on the wetland scrape project by the Tawd Valley Park Community Fruit Orchard. The digging was a slog, and it was very wet and dirty, but amazing progress was made, and the project is coming along nicely. It was … Read more

Fungal and Foraging Fun

This Sunday saw another excellent guided walk play out down in Tawd Valley Park. FoTV, WLBC Ranger Service and members of the community came together to listen to the fantastic and charismatic, foraging enthusiast – Mark Buxton, as he shared his knowledge and expertise for us on our “Fungal and Foraging Foray” event around Tawd … Read more

Pride of Skelmersdale

FoTV were all systems go over the weekend. First up, we were at the Concourse Shopping Centre with our pop-up stall. We were very kindly invited to be a part of the “Made in WN8” Pride of Skelmersdale event. The event was set up to help local organisations showcase what they have achieved and what … Read more

Rainbows and Brownies visit Tawd Valley Park

Earlier this week, FoTV were delighted to show the Rainbows and Brownies, along with their leader Heather, around the Tawd Valley Park. The groups started at the Tawd Valley allotment gates and walked through to the Orchard where they stopped at the community tables and raised beds. Things growing in the bed were identified and … Read more

FBA Priority Habitat Training

On Saturday, FoTV travelled to Preston College to join other members of friends, rivers and conservation groups in attending the Ribble Rivers Trust’s (RRT) and Freshwater Biological Association’s (FBA) Priority Habitats training day. The day started with introductions and then went into the theory section of the course. The class went through everything required in … Read more

FoTV Moth Breakfast Event

On Sunday the rain stayed away for our fantastic “Moth Breakfast” event. A group of between 15 – 20 members of the community attended the FoTV classroom to listen to Ranger Chris give a fascinating talk and to show us the moths that can be found in the local area. Everyone gathered around to see … Read more

Volunteering Back In Full Swing After Summer Break

Saturday morning saw the reopening of the FoTV volunteering days after closing for the summer break. The volunteers got stuck in with clearing the hay from the community fruit orchard. When this challenge was completed, they moved on to finishing off the weeding of the rain garden, that was started by Team Tawd and Ranger … Read more