A Green Flag for Yarrow Valley

Green flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley County Park, Withnell Local Nature reserve, and Tatton and Coronation recreations grounds once again met the tough standards put in place by Green Flag Awards, an organisation that inspects parks and open spaces across the country.

Green Flag Awards 2016 compressedCouncillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that our parks and recreation grounds have once again won the recognition they deserve. I’d like to thank all the community groups and volunteers and of course our own staff for their hard work and dedication which has resulted in achieving the extremely high standards needed to win Green Flag awards. It is by working together that we ensure our parks and recreation grounds are places people can enjoy and can be proud of.”

It is the 11th consecutive year that Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag Award. Withnell and Tatton have now won it for eight consecutive years, Astley Park for the fifth year and Coronation Rec for the second.

The Green Flag Awards, now in their 20th year, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.


On Sunday 17th July over 2,400 athletes from over 40 countries will be coming to the local area to participate in the annual IRONMAN UK event. The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride & 26.2 miles of running. Part of a series of global events, the IRONMAN races are set to raise over £750,000 for charity this year!

Below is a map of the route & also a list of the road closures in effect during the event. Please click on each image for a clearer view of the information.


For more information about IRONMAN events please visit their website here.

Yarrow INNS Project

INNS vol poster (1)Regular conservation volunteers, and pretty much anyone who likes to get into the great outdoors, will be familiar with Himalayan Balsam and its ability to take over vast areas of woodlands and River Banks. Pretty as it pink flowers may be, it is one of a number of unwanted, non-native weeds threatening to take over our countryside. Over the next two years we will be leading a coordinated attack on Himalayan Balsam and other non-native weeds in the Yarrow Valley Area, from Adlington to Bamber Bridge.

Removing invasive weeds is a vital conservation task and we need your help to make a real impact. The bad news is there is a lot of Balsam to remove, the good news is, it’s a pretty easy to plant to pull up, so no special skills are needed and while volunteers will need to be reasonably physically active it is a job where you can work at your own pace, so is not overly arduous.

As well as the regular days listed below there will be other sessions at various locations throughout the summer. Children accompanied by adults or more than welcome, Balsam pulling is a great introduction to conservation  and volunteering and may help parents or grandparents occupy days during the long summer holidays!

Areas affected:
Mondays – Leeds Liverpool Canal, Wheelton.
Tuesdays – Worden Park, Leyland
Wednesdays – Fox Hole Wood, Chorley
Fridays – Cuerden Valley County Park

All volunteer days run from 10am – 3pm (volunteers are welcome to join just AM or PM sessions should they wish)

For more details and meeting points etc. please contact:
Chris Taylor
Email: ctaylor@lancswt.org.uk
Phone: 07967820744
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Road Closure – Roadworks

Lancashire County Council will be performing resurfacing works to Chorley Lane.  The work is currently scheduled for Tuesday 28th June & Wednesday 29th June. (Subject to change). However, please expect Chorley Lane to be closed between Monday 20th June-Friday 29th July. The whole of Chorley Lane will be closed whilst the work is taking place between 7:00am-5:00pm.

An alternative route for traffic is: A49 Preston Road – B5251 Spendmore Lane – New Road – Coppull Road – Yarrow Valley Way

Please click here for a full size map of the diversion.

roadworks june 16 plan


Story Homes – Camelot Site

On Saturday 25th June Story Homes are holding a workshop at the Old School Community Centre on Charter Lane to discuss the proposed development of the Camelot Theme Park site.

The workshop will run from 10Old School Largeram-3pm & lunch will be provided.
If you would like to attend please email consultation@storyhomes.co.uk by Monday 20th June to confirm your attendance.

Balsam Bashing

Borough Councillor Paul Leadbetter has organised a second year of Balsam Bashing along Sharratt’s Path. Himalayan Balsam is an extremely invasive weed & a single plant can spread its seeds 22ft away!
balsamPlease stop by to help out on Monday 20th June from 18:30 to help out, even if you can only spare 5 minutes it will make all the difference.
Everyone is to meet at the Charnock Richard end of the path and walk down to meet up with the rest of the group. More information can be found on the Facebook page.