Garstang’s Green team back at college

Members of the Garstang Millennium Green team with college tutors
Members of the Garstang Millennium Green team with college tutors

MYERSCOUGH College’s Short Course Unit recently provided training for eight members of staff who help to look after Garstang’s Millennium Green.

The staff all work for the charitable Trust that maintain the Green, an area situated on the western bank of the River Wyre that has been set aside as public open space, for walkers, community events and to benefit wildlife conservation.

The green is located within the River Wyre Flood Control Basin. During prolonged heavy rain, flood gates are closed at Garstang to protect downstream villages and the Green and surrounding fields become a reservoir for the flood water until it can be safely released. This poses challenging conditions for the Trust staff.

To further enhance the work they do on the Green, the staff attended a one day Grounds Maintenance Work Equipment Training course at Myerscough College.

As part of the course, they learnt about machine operation, safety and PPE requirements, operators risk assessments, service checks and adjustments. Equipment used throughout the training included handheld and wheeled pedestrian strimmers, rotary mowers, hedge cutters, leaf blowers and vacuums.

The training followed on from previous training done with the Trust which saw several staff complete the NPTC Pesticide Application PA1 and PA6 courses last year.

Myerscough College Instructor, Steve Slater, said: “The College was delighted to help with the training of the staff from the Millennium Green Trust and hopefully we have helped them to continue doing the excellent job they do in maintaining this lovely conservation area.”