Our Heritage - The Green Path Through Flora project
In 2016 we secured Heritage Lottery
Funding to explore the heritage and natural history
of the ancient green path that runs through the Fairfield
Nature Reserve. This footpath has been used by Lancastrians
and visitors to the city for hundreds of years.
The Fairfield Association have
always been committed to pooling and sharing our knowledge
and perceptions of the area and its rich past,
and through the Green Path Through Flora
project, we sought to capture and map the footpath’s history
and the stories and memories local people had of it
and the surrounding area.
One output of the project has been the design of a leaflet incorporating an annotated map of the reserve highlighting the Green Path, for visitors to download. A paper version of this leaflet has already been distributed to 2000 local houses, as well as being available in the Visitors Information Centre and many other places around the city centre:
Fairfield Association Leaflet (with map)
Another output has been the transcribing and summarising of recordings of people who have recounted their memories of the Green Path and land adjacent to it. The remit was widened to include all the land now managed by the Fairfield Association.
Many thanks to all those who have taken the time to share their stories so far - we look forward to including them on the website as they become available. If you have any memories that you would like to share please use the Contact Us page to get in touch.
Recollections of the Green Path area:
Recollections of farming the area | Accompanying Map
As part of celebrating the reserve
and disseminating its heritage, we have also carried out
the following activities:
creative writing workshops and a showcase evening;
- set up, and continue to maintain, a photographic
record of 34 distinct viewpoints of the reserve,
showing changes across the seasons and years;
- created a 'History
of the area' page on the website, detailing
archaeological finds and other facts of local interest;
- developed a 'Green
Path' app that enables visitors
to get contextualised information about the reserve;
- held a number of community events,
including a lecture
at the Storey Institute in December 2016, exhibitions and volunteering opportunities in old farming techniques (click the + symbols below for photos and further details):
This project has been supported by a grant from
the Heritage Lottery Fund focusing on 'Sharing Our
Heritage'. Thanks to National Lottery players, we
have been able to organise exhibitions, take aerial
photos, develop an app and publicise the fascinating
history of our local area on our website.