Welcoming in the New Year

We would like to start off by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. We hope you all had an amazing festive period, filled with joy, laughter, love and merriment.

We’ll get into the swing of things by starting with some absolutely fantastic news. Just before we headed into Christmas our ‘Half-Mile Lake Habitat Improvement’ crowdfunding came to an end. We managed to raise a massively whopping £2,395. How wonderful is that?! Thank you to everyone who donated, shared and showed their support. It is truly appreciated. We really look forward to beginning the work at the site.

Next up, due to another organisation having to dropout, FoTV were asked if we could join the Skelmersdale and Upholland Rotary Club in another one of their fabulous Santa Float events, this time around Old Skelmersdale. It was a magically fantastic night. Again, it was amazing to see the children’s (and adults) faces light up at the sight of Santa and his elves. Thank you again to the Skelmersdale and Upholland Rotary Club for inviting FoTV to join them. We really appreciate it. We hope we can be involved next year.

Fortunately, after we all overindulged on Christmas Day, the weather was kind to us for our Boxing Day walk. It was a great success with a good turnout, as we enjoyed a scenic ramble around the Tawd Valley Park. It was a perfect way to continue the festive spirit and stay active. Hopefully, the attendees burnt of some off their Christmas dinner calories.

Team Tawd and the Ranger Service were back in action on Friday with a litter-pick and some tree clearing in Tawd Valley Park. Well done, team.

And last, but not least. Saturday brought with it a crisp and frosty morn, a large group of dedicated volunteers gathered for our first monthly Saturday volunteering session of the year. The sun, determined to break through the misty veil, cast a warm glow on the enthusiastic assembly. Undeterred by the frost, the volunteers divided into two teams – one embarking on a mission to clear litter from the valley, while a select few ventured into the orchard to give the apple trees their annual pruning. The camaraderie among the participants, paired with the picturesque back drop, turned this frosty morning into a heart-warming display of community spirit and environmental stewardship. Well done to everyone who braved the harsh conditions and got stuck in.

That’s all in regards to updates, folks! Please, check back soon, as we continue to march into the new year with gusto and an undeterred enthusiasm.