Exhibition shows off group’s hard work

The Fairfield Association Urban Nature Area. FAUNA project manager, Oliver Fulton,(left) and fundraising co-ordinator of fields project, Mick Short.

The Fairfield Association Urban Nature Area. FAUNA project manager, Oliver Fulton,(left) and fundraising co-ordinator of fields project, Mick Short.

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A public exhibition is being held in Lancaster city centre this weekend to mark the end of a community project.

The Fairfield Association is holding the event at Unit 7 in St Nicholas Arcades on September 26 and 27 (10am-4pm on both days) to highlight the work done on its Flora Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013, and to display the outcomes of the project.

Everyone is welcome and free refreshments will be available for people looking at the displays.

Members of the Fairfield Association will be on hand to describe its work and answer questions.

£80,000 of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant, when added to funds already raised by the local community, enabled the association to buy the Flora fields between Lancaster and Aldcliffe, increasing the overall Fairfield Association Nature Reserve to more than 50 acres (including Flora, Fauna and Fairfield Community Orchard).

The remaining £16,000 of the grant was awarded to enable local people learn about Flora and its local and environmental history.

Andrew Brennand, the Fairfield Association chairman, said: “Lancastrians have walked the footpath through Flora and the rest of our farmed nature

reserve for hundreds of years and it is wonderful that the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped local people to help conserve the local fields they love.

“We are improving our local environment for plant life and wild life, as well as for people.”

Mick Short, the Flora project coordinator, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to mount a wide range of learning activities about Flora, its heritage, its history and biodiversity.

“The volunteer training has helped us in our programme to lay hedges along the field boundaries.

“The Flora lecture series has been well-attended and very popular and the children in the local primary schools and their teachers have also been enthusiastic.”

The Fairfield Association is a community-based environmental charity which seeks to maintain, improve and extend areas of green space, including play space, in Lancaster. It has raised more than £500,000 since it was formed in 1996.