Green Gazette

Welcome back to one of our super exciting Tawd Valley Park blogs. This week we have a plethora of updates to share with you and we just can’t wait. So, grab yourself a hot drink, some bickies, get yourself comfortable and RELAX!

Lets start off with a special delivery – Towards the end of last month, members of FoTV enthusiastically welcomed a brand new green storage container generously donated by Tawd Valley Developments to Friends of Tawd Valley.

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all volunteers who helped with the containers placement, and most notably, to Tawd Valley Developments for their generous gift and for contributing to the growth and support of the community. Check out the photos below:

Swiftly moving on, we would also like to say an enormous thank you to Rose Dean. Rose had recently upgraded her camera set-up and wanted to donate her Canon EOS 1200d camera along with an array of accessories that go with it. She got in touch with local wildlife expert and photographer Graham Clarkson, and asked him who could make the most of all the equipment. Graham very kindly suggested Friends of Tawd Valley, and passed over our contact details. This camera collection will greatly help in our community events and activities. We really appreciate this very generous gift donated from Rose. We would also like to give a little mention to Graham Clarkson for connecting us with Rose, too.

Next up, we would like you to join us in saying a massive “Congratulations” to CJ and Tammy for traveling to Wigan and completing their riverfly training last week, as part of the Turning Tides partnership. A big thank you to Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside. for providing the training. Turning Tides is a cross-agency partnership working together in north west England to do everything they can to improve the quality of our bathing waters. The training will be put to good use in recording freshwater invertebrate species in and along the river Tawd and who knows, maybe beyond.

Continuing on… Team Tawd were back at the Ecumenical Centre gardens last week working alongside the Purple Umbrella group, as they continued with the raised bed construction project. Absolutely fantastic work!

Well done everyone.

And the dedicated volunteers of Team Tawd didn’t stop there. A few days later they got to work repairing the rain damaged footpath alongside the river Tawd. The recurring damaged inflicted by rain on this section of the path and the efforts to repair it really does highlight the commitment of FoTV to overcome these challenges, and to help improve the accessibility of the valley for the community.

FoTV would like to say a massive thank you to Stephen Bissette of West Lancashire Borough Council for very kindly organising the donation of litter-pickers, bags and gloves. They will help greatly with our volunteer days down in Tawd Valley Park. Fantastic! After Stephen and his wife, Pauline, very generously give us this equipment, they then stayed on to help in our Saturday volunteer day. Which was brilliant. More info about that volunteer day below.

Last, but not least, the Saturday morning drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of the FoTV volunteers as they set off to carry out various tasks in and around the orchard. The weather cleared and a beautiful morning unfolded. The volunteers cleared the ditches, dug a new one, and trimmed the hedge that encircles the orchard. Logs were also gathered from the woods to create shelters for insects and small mammals. Hot drinks and biscuits were enjoyed by everyone at the end of the session.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone for their dedication and contribution. We really value everyone who helps us to make the Tawd Valley Park a better place for the wildlife and the community.

That’s it from us at FoTV. As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read our news and blog updates. Check back soon. Ciao for now.