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Crazy days back at Haigh!
Friday 26th October, 2012

Crazy days back at Haigh!
Left to Right: Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of WLCT and John Hulme Chairman of Friends of Haigh Country Park.

Haigh Country Park's Crazy Golf area will be open once again this half-term.

The newly formed volunteer group - Friends of Haigh Country Park - have been on site throughout the week pruning, painting and sprucing up ready for opening to the public for half-term.

It's the first port of call in a new partnership between the group and Wigan Leisure and Culture, who manage the estate on behalf of Wigan Council.

Over the next few months the 30 strong group will be asking their volunteers to help with various projects within the country park and put forward the aims of the group for the future.

Chairman of Friends of Haigh Country Park John Hulme said: We are a group of like-minded people who love Haigh Country Park and are working together with WLCT to regenerate it.
We have many ambitious plans and the re-opening of the crazy golf site run by volunteers is just the start.
We want to see its other amenities such as the steam train, the road train, back again but to achieve that we need the expertise and skills of other like-minded people. If you can make a contribution, no matter how small, wed love to hear from you.

The Friends group will staff and run the Crazy Golf facility on the site when there are volunteers available, once it is fully refurbished. Without their voluntary commitment the facility would not be financially viable to run.

Although the original Crazy Golf area has been made playable again it is a work in progress. The group will open the Crazy Golf on Sunday 28 October at 11am.

WLCT will work with the group on further improvements over the next few months to enhance the site and bring it up to date.

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of WLCT, said: "There is a strong network of Friends groups supporting many of the parks and greenspaces across the
Borough. So we're delighted another one has formed here at Haigh and is already making a difference.
"Volunteering has always played an important part in looking after our open spaces. Volunteers always make a fantastic contribution through their skills, experience and passion. I am hoping that this will be a very positive step forward for Haigh Country Park."

Members of the group will also be joining the soon to be launched 'Woodland Custodians' who will be based at Haigh but will work in all of our important woodlands. The Custodians in partnership with WLCT, Forestry Commission, Red Rose Forest and The Woodland Trust will work in the development of a new Woodland Management Plan to conserve and enhance the woodland at Haigh for the next hundred years. The Custodians will be involved with woodland management works and be trained in a variety of habitat management techniques.

If you would like to become a Friend of Haigh Country Park please visit www.friendsofhaighcountrypark.org.uk

For more information on Haigh Country Park visit www.wlct.org.

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