Nov 04 2019

Smithills Update 1st Nov 2019

Hello all

A brief update this week…



Welcome to Jo Rayner (Woodland Working Group / Events Volunteer) and to Louise Coulman (Woodland Working Group)!

Tree planting

Thanks to everyone from Smithills who has volunteered to help out with the tree planting weeks!

Lantern Parade

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped the Lantern Parade to run like clockwork on Sunday – a really lovely event, with Rusticus creating a storyline featuring some of Smithills’ own ‘creatures of the night’ – a noctule bat, a barn owl and an emperor hawk moth! Thanks to the volunteers for helping untangle endless fairy lights, helping the actors get in and out of the building as the show progressed, and making sure attendees could see the scenes with strategically shone torches!

Guided Walks

Rob A, Clive and Doug led their Smithills Estate Tour on Sunday, which was well attended and received a lovely comment on Facebook too! That marks the last guided walk for this year… this has been a really successful aspect of the project this year, with four different routes designed, written and led by volunteers. Well done to all of our Guided Walk Leaders!

Wildlife Group

The wildlife group had a monitoring morning on Sunday, identifying trees… more monitoring is planned for November, and the next meeting of the group is on 12 November at 7pm, here at the Hall. We have had some interest in the keeled skimmer finding at the leaky dams, from the Environment Agency… hopefully some publicity will be forthcoming on that soon, thank you to Richard for the excellent images of the skimmer.



Adam and Sheila looking very studious


Education group

Myerscough College visited the site for a tour on Tuesday. This was their first session of the term on the Estate, they will be back each Tuesday afternoon until mid-December.  Our Smithills Explorer Days will start up again in November also, with schools visiting for a full day session including a tour and a forest school session. Our Education Volunteers are involved in these sessions also.


 Yes, it’s creeping up on us… Charlotte is finalising details of the Festive event with Rusticus, which will take place on Sunday 8 December. It should be advertised next week. We will be looking out for volunteers for that once we know more about the route and stewarding requirements!

That’s all for this week… have a good weekend all!


Vicky Entwistle- Engaging Communities Officer

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