‘Blight’ removal boost for Bowland

Forest of Bowland minus power cables
Forest of Bowland minus power cables

New scenes are unfolding for the 250,000 annual visitors to Beacon Fell Country Park.

For more than 20 years, overhead power cables and poles have blighted the area, but now they have been removed as part of a five-year project designed to improve countryside throughout the North-West.

The region’s power operator, Electricity North West, has ploughed £20,000 into the scheme, working alongside the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Lancashire County Council Countryside Service to replace the power lines with 205m of underground cable.

Dan Wagner, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “The power lines have been a firm fixture in the Beacon Fell Country Park for more than 20 years and we’re delighted to have helped restore the area to its natural beauty.

“The project required great skill to install the new cable and it will greatly improve the visual appearance of the area, which is enjoyed by many walkers throughout the year.”

Elliott Lorimer, principal AONB officer for the area, said: “The completion of the project is great news for the Beacon Fell Country Park and the result will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.

“Throughout the project we’ve worked very closely with Electricity North West, and we are delighted they have removed electricity poles and overhead lines and put them underground to allow people to enjoy our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty even more.”

Engineers took two weeks to complete the work, and said they did not come across any difficulties.

Beacon Fell falls into the parish of Goosnargh and has been a country park since 1970. It is situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, although it is separated from the other hills in the forest.

It is made up of 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland, and features a visitor centre with cafe, picnic 
areas, six car parks, forest walks and viewpoints.

Its summit is 266m above sea level.