Student launches community green project

Project co-ordinator Oscar Thynne (left) with volunteers from the Cranwell Avenue Green Park Group, Ann Row, Paul Whitehouse, Giles Inman, Steve French and Brian Wood.
Project co-ordinator Oscar Thynne (left) with volunteers from the Cranwell Avenue Green Park Group, Ann Row, Paul Whitehouse, Giles Inman, Steve French and Brian Wood.
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A Lancaster sixth form student has launched a community project in a bid to see a local green space come back into use.

Oscar Thynne, 17, is co-ordinating plans to help see Cranwell Avenue nature reserve re-open to the public.

Oscar, who starts his A-level studies at Ripley St Thomas this week, has already organised two public meetings, and a constitution has been set up with plans now in place to open a bank account and bid for funding.

The project is currently working in conjunction with the Lancaster City Council leader Eileen Blamire, city councillors, Lancashire County Council environment officer Lucia Marquart and Lancashire County Council environmental projects officer Tarja Wilson.

“There is clear interest in this project from members of the local community,” Oscar said.

“It is still in its early stages but we hope to start developing the area soon.”

First on the agenda will be to renovate two old bridges and clear the nature reserve to make it accessible and safe for the public.

It is hoped the work will encourage wildlife, particularly ducks, to return to the area.

“I moved to Lancaster from Bath last November and I thought the nature reserve was crying out to be done up,” Oscar added.

“It’s been left alone for some time.

“Everyone I have spoken to says there is so much potential for the land.”

More about the project and how to get involved can be found at www.cranwellavenue.weebly.com or by emailing cranwellavenue@gmail.com.

Another meeting is due to be held at 10am on October 19, with a venue to be confirmed.