Share your views about
caring for the Formby coast
THE National Trust at Formby is
inviting local people to share their thoughts about caring for the coast, at an
Open Day, on Monday, 17 July 2017, running from from 9.30am to 7pm.
The Trust is encouraging people to share their views and stories about the
Formby coast past, present and future. The event will explore ideas for how this
special place can best be cared for and benefit the people who love it and the
wildlife that makes its home here.
The day follows announcements earlier this year that the Trust is in discussions
with Sefton Council about the transfer of an additional 204 hectares of land at
Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care. The transfer has been approved by
the Sefton Cabinet and positive discussions are ongoing, with further
announcements expected later this Summer.
Formby Point is much loved and used by local people and is home to rare wildlife
including:- sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack
toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat for
rare red squirrels.
Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:- "2017
marks 50 years since the National Trust took on the care for the land here at
Formby and it is a fitting time to be celebrating that work and looking to the
future. We've already been speaking to local people about what they would like
to see at Formby and this Open Day will provide further opportunities for people
to share their ideas, thoughts and stories. We'll be exploring everything from
challenges around traffic and access, to opportunities to get involved through
volunteering and how we can manage the landscape for wildlife and nature. We
hope you'll be able to come along and get involved and explore how we can
continue to work together as a community to enhance this special place."
Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Locality Services,
added:- "Our entire stunning coast is very important to us and we are
always looking at ways of improving it for the benefit of our local communities
and visitors to the borough. The Open Day hosted by the National Trust will give
people the chance to share their thoughts on how the Formby coast can be
enhanced even further. Please take the time to attend and get involved."
Stalls will be open throughout the day for people to drop in and chat to
National Trust staff and other members of the local community. A series of
workshops (booking required) will also be running focused on themes of access
and facilities, caring for the coast and working with local businesses and the
community. For more details of how to join visit:-
► 10.00 to 13.00 will hold 'Experiencing Formby, Access and Facilities,'
the Trust will discuss:-
traffic and access, car parking, dog walking, facilities (toilets, coffee shops,
food offer), memberships, events and how to manage busy days.
► 14.00 to 16.00 will hold:- 'Caring for
the Coast, Caring for Formby,' when the Trust:- will discuss nature and
wildlife, car park location, sand dunes and woodland management.
► 16.30 to 18.30 will hold:- 'Working with local businesses and the community,'
when the Trust will discuss
opportunities for businesses and communities in Formby to work with the National
Trust:- catering and retail opportunities, volunteering and work opportunities.