Ex-services personnel volunteer for Abbey Lakes upgrade project
EX-SERVICES personnel are volunteering in an environmental project to upgrade Abbey Lakes in Up Holland.
West Lancashire Borough Council’s Parks and Countryside Ranger Service is working in partnership with EDs Place to provide the scheme which will see volunteers undertaking a programme of practical works with the Rangers to improve the Abbey Lakes site.
Volunteers will be clearing existing paths and building new ones, repairing fishing platforms, tree management, drainage works and de-silting streams.
The volunteers also plan to assess the quality and quantity of fish in the lake with the help of the Environment Agency, with the aim of establishing a fishing club for the volunteers.
The scheme started at the beginning of October and is to be trialled over the next three months. If successful this could become an ongoing project.
The project started after EDs Place, a community-based organisation that provides help and support to ex-forces personnel, approached the authority to see if some its volunteers could get involved with the lake. Some of the ex-services personnel are interested in fishing and were aware of the lake.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for leisure, said: “We are always looking for volunteers from the local community to get involved with our parks and countryside sites. This is a great scheme and the Rangers are looking forward to working with the volunteers on this exciting new chapter for Abbey Lakes.”
Councillor Terry Devine, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “The ex-services personnel who are volunteering on this scheme will benefit by learning new skills, and getting involved in a community based project and Abbey Lakes will benefit from their valuable contribution.”
EDs provides ex-forces personnel and their families with accommodation and high standard compassionate and transitional support as they integrate back into civilian life.
Jason Lloyd, the founder of EDs, said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with West Lancashire Council to bring Abbey Lakes back to life, for the benefit of our community. Our heroes deserve our support and we wish to celebrate their achievements. Projects like this really do benefit all concerned.”