Feb 12 2019

Smithills Update – 8th Feb 2019

Hello all

On Tuesday we had our first Supporters’ Group meeting of 2019. We had a packed room, including some of our new volunteers, and it was great to hear what the different groups have been up to, with updates on what the Wardens, Wildlife Group, History Group and Education Volunteers have been doing.




We have more new volunteers to say hello to this week – welcome to



Dillan White (Wildlife Monitor)

Lois Dean (History Group)

Paul Jackson (Wildlife Monitor)



Our numbers have now grown to 104!




We would love to add some of your photos of the Estate, wildlife you’ve seen, historic info, or photos of what you have been doing whilst volunteering to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WTSmithillsEstate) – we’d like to give the public an idea of what is happening across the Estate as part of the project. If you have anything you would like to contribute, send it to me



Exhibition at Bolton Market Place

There is an exhibition running at Bolton Market Place until 15th February, containing work by local artists John Harding and Peter Arkwright which is all inspired by Smithills Estate. There are some beautiful pieces in it, so do drop in if you are in town. It’s open 12pm to 4.30pm every day, on the Upper Ground Floor just next to Debenhams.



Car Park

The Walker Fold Car Park is almost ready to open now – we will be using it during the tree planting weeks in March, and it will be open to the public on 16 March.



Upcoming events

Tree planting sessions are soon approaching – between 4th and 15th March we are inviting as many people as possible to come along and plant a tree. We have had a lot of interest from community groups, and will be welcoming the Prince’s Trust, Fire Cadets, Bolton Backup (formerly Bolton Young Person’s Housing Service), Bolton Hindu Forum, Phoenix Futures, the Bolton Family, the Environment Agency, Bolton Council of Mosques, Myerscough College, Bolton Christian Cohesion, City of Trees and Lancashire Fire Service at various points on the weekday sessions. As well as this, we will have a number of schools visiting us. I’m keeping a list of everyone who said they wanted to help with these – more names always welcome! As well as this, we will have a number of schools visiting us.


The public tree planting day is on Saturday 9 March, running 10am to 3pm, and again we’ve had quite a bit of interest in that, so if the weather is good it could well be a very busy day. Anyone who wants to help with this, let me know.


Sunday 10 March is the Volunteer Task Day, at which we are also welcoming Bolton Conservation Volunteers – that’s bookable in the usual way, via this link: https://tinyurl.com/taskdays


Events beyond March are not yet on the ticketing site, so don’t worry if you can’t find them. I’ll make sure I let you know when they go live.


Vicky Entwistle – Engaging Communities Officer

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