Raising awareness of our Green issues


AROUND 250 people attended Garstang Millennium Green’s celebration day at the weekend.

The public awareness / community event was a stipulation of the grant from the Big Lottery Fund which contributed thousands of pounds to last year’s major spruce-up of the green, and was financed from lottery funds.

Green team leader Ron Freeland said the weather forecasts for the weekend, which had promised poor weather, had prompted concerns that the event, like last September’s celebration day, might have to be cancelled.

He added: “We prepared for rain as the forecasts predicted but it stayed fine and sunny. It was a great day.”

Vice chairman of the Green trustees, Coun Michael Halford, whose late father Michael Halford, was the driving force behind the setting up of the Green, introduced our guest opener Eddie Topping, founder of Barton Grange.

Mr Topping is a regular user of the Green and his company, Barton Grange, is a prominent supporter.

He praised the community commitment and the progress that had been made last year particularly adding that Garstang must be proud of this “wonderful resource.”

About 250 guests and visitors attended and over 200 people enjoyed a free meal prepared by the staff of The Coffee Pot, who prepared hot pea and ham soup for the day.

The Treasure Hunt kept people busy searching for clues across the Green and the visiting jazz band entertained.

Other attractions included Corio raptors from the Bentham-based raptor centre, whose display included owls which were the focus of attention.

The RSPB enlisted new members as did the Friends of The Millennium Green.

Fairtrade chocolate was handed out free of charge.

Among others with stalls and publicity stands were Garstang library service, Garstang Soroptomists, the British Heart Foundation and Garstang Lions.

Garstang Show officials allowed the Green visitors to park for free on their nearby field, with parking being organised by Garstang Lions.

Many new volunteers joined the Green team.

Mr Freeland said: “There are lots of people to thank and the managers of the Green are indebted to all for their support that made it such a great day out.

* The amount spent on the Green last year following grants from various sources was around £80,000, not £800,000 as mentioned in the introduction to last week’s article highlighting the event.