I was delighted to be invited to Fairfield Nature Reserve on Friday – just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Lancaster.
Boasting a Community Orchard, a children’s play area, meadows of flora and fauna, playing fields and picnic areas – it is a tremendous asset to Lancaster and surrounding areas.
Members of The Fairfield Association showed me around the nature reserve. The association was formed by residents and friends in 1996, in response to the threat of housing development on the long-established children’s play area. The association saved the play area, improved it and installed new play equipment.
In the background of this picture you can see one of the White Park cows who graze the reed beds and grassland at the reserve. This is an ancient and endangered breed of cattle and its so exciting seeing them here in Lancaster thriving and raising their young.
The reserve offers a sanctuary for wetland birds, ancient green paths that are said to have been used by priory monks, witch trial ‘tourists’ and Catholic priests ‘in-hiding’ and panoramic views of the city. The association holds special events for the whole family so check out their website for more information: www.fairfieldassociation.org