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Family fun day celebrates Wigan’s heritage
Tuesday 16th October, 2012

Join Red Rose Forest next month for a family fun day celebrating Wigan’s heritage at the Museum of Wigan Life.

Folk music, poetry, crafts, clog dancing and apple pressing are all on the bill at the Heart of the Borough event which runs from 11am-2.30pm on November 3rd.
The event takes place at the museum on Library Street and aims to explore the heritage and natural environment of Greenheart.

Music will be provided by local band Chonkinfeckle whose unique sound is made using a ukulele, a gob iron and a tea chest bass band. Lancashire poet Sid Calderbank will be treating audiences to poetry and storytelling, while folk artist Kevin Heyworth will be leading sessions on canal boat painting and folk art. There will also be a chance to learn more about local wildlife.

Red Rose Forest is currently working with Lancashire Wildlife Trust on a three-year project to improve the nearby Lightshaw Meadows nature reserve, part of Abram Flashes. Funded by the National Lottery, the project is restoring the site’s habitats for key wildlife species and providing a living example of how our industrial heritage has shaped our landscape today.

Claire Morris, Red Rose Forest, said: “This is a real hands on event where adults and children will have the chance to try their hand at old crafts like writing their own Lancashire poems, hand-weaving, and clog dancing to live music. Everyone is welcome to come along, it will be a lively and fun day' .

“Our work at Lightshaw Meadows aims to promote greater understanding of how Greenheart’s natural environment is a direct consequence of the area’s industrial past. Greenheart was once a thriving industrial and mining area but when those industries declined huge areas of land were abandoned and left to return to nature. Many of these became the wetland flashes which are now filled with important flora and fauna.

“Lightshaw Meadows is a really special place and events like this are providing opportunities for people to get involved and learn more about the natural and industrial heritage of the area.”

For more information about Lightshaw Meadows go to www.lightshawmeadows.co.uk.

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