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Public Events

Date

Time

Event

Contact Details

 

October

08.10.19 10.00am - 12.00pm

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick

Come and join St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick along sections of St Helens Sankey Valley Park. Litter pickers and bags are provided just bring your own gloves and suitable footwear.

Tel: 01744 677772
Email: SankeyValleyRangers@sthelens.gov.uk
12.10.19 10.00am - 12.00pm

Taylor Park Clean Up

Come and join St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. Litter pickers and bags are provided just bring your own gloves and suitable footwear.

Tel: 01744 678073
Email:TaylorParkRangers@sthelens.gov.uk

December

08.12.19 10.00am - 12.00pm Taylor Park Clean Up

Come and join St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. Litter pickers and bags are provided just bring your own gloves and suitable footwear.

Tel: 01744 678073
Email: TaylorParkRangers@sthelens.gov.uk
10.12.19 10.00am - 12.00pm

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick

Come and join St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick along sections of St Helens Sankey Valley Park. Litter pickers and bags are provided just bring your own gloves and suitable footwear.

Tel: 01744 677772
Email: SankeyValleyRangers@sthelens.gov.uk
22.12.19 10.00am

Winter Bird Walk - Siding Lane Nature Reserve

Join St Helens Rangers for a 6 mile (9.65km) guided walk around the local countryside with the opportunity see different species of birds and other wildlife inhabiting the area.

You will learn about migration patterns, habitat change, red data species, how sites are managed to assist in their recovery, land management and the councils approach to the protection of wildlife borough wide.

Participants will also find out how to get involved with the protection of wildlife.

Tel: 01744 677772
Email: SankeyValleyRangers@sthelens.gov.uk
 TBC  

Volunteer Recognition Week

A celebration of how much our volunteers contribute to the Borough.

 
Various dates throughout the year Various times Conservation days in parks  
Summer 2019 Various times Pirates in the Park
Series of family fun events

 

 

Health Walks

Date

Time

Event

Contact Details

 

03.07.19

07.08.19

04.09.19

02.10.19

06.11.19

04.12.19 
1.30pm - 3.30pm Mesnes Park Health Walk

St Helens Council Ranger Service will take you on a 4 mile (6.44km) walk promoting mental, physical and social health, the walk takes you around Mesnes Park, through Naylors Wood along Newton Brook Greenway and a section of the Sankey Valley before returning to the park.

During the health walk the Ranger is on hand to discuss environmental factors which are affecting the region.

Tel: 01925 229021
Email: MesnesParkRangers@sthelens.gov.uk

 

11.06.19

09.07.19

13.08.19

10.09.19

08.10.19

12.11.19

10.12.19
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Sankey Valley Park Health Walk

St Helens Council Ranger Service will take you on a 4.5 mile (7.24km) walk promoting mental, physical and social health, the walk takes you from Sankey Valley Blackbrook, around Carr Mill Dam and returning to the Visitors Centre. 

During the health walk the Ranger is on hand to discuss environmental factors which are affecting the region.

Tel: 01744 677772
Email: SankeyValleyRangers@sthelens.gov.uk

 

17.06.19

15.07.19

19.08.19

16.09.19

21.10.19

18.11.19

16.12.19

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Siding Lane Nature Reserve Health Walk

St Helens Council Ranger Service will take you on a 3.5 mile (5.63km) walk promoting mental, physical and social health, the walk takes you through the Nature Reserve and along public rights of way throughout Rainford, finishing your walk back at the Nature Reserve.

During the health walk the Ranger is on hand to discuss environmental factors which are affecting the region.

Tel: 01744 678073
Email: TaylorParkRangers@sthelens.gov.uk

 

25.06.19

23.07.19

27.08.19

24.09.19

22.10.19

26.11.19

1.30pm - 3.30pm Billinge Health Walk

St Helens Council Ranger Service will take you on a 4 mile (6.44km) walk promoting mental, physical and social health, the walk takes you from Bankes Park up to Billinge Beacon taking the return walk down Beacon Road back to Bankes Park.

During the health walk the Ranger is on hand to discuss environmental factors which are affecting the region.
Tel: 01744 677772
Email: SankeyValleyRangers@sthelens.gov.uk

 

School Events

Date

Time

Event

14.01.19-18.01.19 9.30am - 3.00pm Crucial Crew

In partnership with other council departments, year 5 children (age 9-10) learn the importance of personal safety and social responsibility. The aims of the campaign are to enable children to become more aware of personal safety, make a contribution to crime prevention, avoid being a victim of crime, know what to do in an emergency, foster good citizenship and actively contribute to their own health. The Rangers deliver a variety of messages covering the importance of looking after the environment, dangers found in outdoor spaces and the importance for the children to take ownership of their parks and open spaces.
07.03.19 - 27.04.19 N/A St Helens Superwriters Competition 

Organised by St.Helens Library Service, the competition tasks children and young people to write a story based on an environmental theme. The competition is sponsored by Newton Rotary Club and the West Lancashire Freemasons Society. Children and young people will be tasked with writing a short story of no more than 500 words using a selection of pre-set starters/endings.
The competition closes on 27th April 2019 with a presentation for prize-winners scheduled on Saturday 18th May 2019
Prizes are as follows
- 1st prize £50 book token
- 2nd prize £30 book token
- 3rd prize £20 book token
28.06.19 9.30am - 2.30pm Ruskin Sports Festival

Ruskin Leisure 2019 Year of Physical Activity
Various dates throughout the year   Environmental Crew

A programme of events to bring young people into the parks to learn about the environment through hands-on activities. Schools will attend their local park on several occasions throughout the academic year.

Various dates throughout the spring   Victoria Park wildflower sowing with schools/volunteers
Various dates throughout the spring   Wildflower sowing with schools
Various dates throughout the spring   Tree/bulb planting with schools


What we have done

January

05.01.19 - 20.01.19

Christmas Tree Recycling

Five locations throughout the town were made available for residents to drop off their used Christmas trees for the Council to chip and use the product on shrubberies in council parks and open spaces.

06.01.19

Winter Bird Walk - Siding Lane Nature Reserve

St Helens Rangers led a 6 mile (9.65km) guided walk around the local countryside with the opportunity to see different species of birds and other wildlife inhabiting the area.

Walkers learned about migration patterns, habitat change, red data species, how sites are managed to assist in their recovery, land management and the council's approach to the protection of wildlife borough wide.

Participants also found out how to get involved with the protection of wildlife.

16.01.19

Taylor Park Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Ranger Service to assist with a range of conservation works including: Himalayan Balsam removal, litter picking, woodland work, and Rhododendron thinning.

20.01.19

Winter Bird Walk - Sankey Valley Country Park

St Helens Rangers led a 6 mile (9.65km) guided walk around the local countryside with the opportunity to see different species of birds and other wildlife inhabiting the area.

Walkers learned about migration patterns, habitat change, red data species, how sites are managed to assist in their recovery, land management and the council's approach to the protection of wildlife borough wide.

Participants also found out how to get involved with the protection of wildlife.

27.01.19

 

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park.

February

12.02.19

 

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick along sections of St Helens Sankey Valley Park. 

17.02.19

 

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. 

20.02.19

Taylor Park Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Ranger Service to assist with a range of conservation works including: Himalayan Balsam removal, litter picking, woodland work, and Rhododendron thinning.

March

13.03.19

Taylor Park Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Ranger Service to assist with a range of conservation works including: Himalayan Balsam removal, litter picking, woodland work, and Rhododendron thinning.

16.03.19

Victoria Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. 

19.03.19

Year of Environment Launch Event - Sherdley Park, Dam Wood

In conjunction with TVC, Sherdley Primary School and Saints RFC, the Year of Environment was launched at the Dam Wood conservation and improvements project with a tree planting session. 

 
24.03.19

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. 

April

07.04.19

Sutton Park Easter Hunt

Our free Easter hunt featured a prize for everyone who took part. You could also make an Easter card or decorate your own Easter basket.

 07.04.19 

Spring Clean in Naylors Wood

Bin bags and litter pickers provided.

09.04.19

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick along sections of St Helens Sankey Valley Park. Litter pickers and bags were provided.

14.04.19

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. Litter pickers and bags were provided.

17.04.19

Taylor Park Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Ranger Service to assist with a range of conservation works including: Himalayan Balsam removal, litter picking, woodland work and rhododendron thinning. All tools were supplied.

 

20.04.19

 

Mesnes Park Easter Egg Hunt

A quiz around the park with questions linking into the environment, followed by environmental activities in the centre.

 

22.04.19

 

Taylor Park Free Easter Quiz and Trail

Youngsters aged 12 or under enjoyed our quiz competition while taking a short walk around glorious Taylor Park.

The first 200 to complete the course received a free Cadbury's Creme Egg and all entrants were entered into a draw to win one of the huge Easter Egg prizes.

May

05.05.19

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park. 

11.05.19

St Helens Cemetery & Crematorium Open Day

St Helens Bereavement Services held an open day to help raise public awareness about bereavement and the local services available.

Attendees were able to meet with the Bereavement Services team, local Funeral Directors, Friends of the Cemetery and other partners, as well as taking part in a tour of the Crematorium & Cemetery, hearing about the history of St Helens Cemetery & Crematorium and browsing the exhibits and stands available on the day.

 11.05.19

Sutton Park Fun Day

Arranged by the Friends of Sutton Park, the event brought families into the park to enjoy a range of attractions.
There was also an inter-schools football tournament of eight schools' year 5 and 6 children playing for the Sutton Park Shield.

27.05.19

Willow Park Craft and Nature Day

Fun activities for all the family along with educational activities throughout the day in connection with the environment. There were also interactive traditional crafts.

St Helens Rangers delivered environmental messages and information on how you can get involved with environmental issues and volunteering.

The event formed part of the wider high street food festival organised by shop owners on Newton High Street.

June

02.06.19

Friends of St Helens Cemetery tour

Friends of St Helens Cemetery hosted a Heritage Walking Tour of the cemetery.

03.06.19 - 07.06.19

Volunteer recognition event - Volunteer Week

04.06.19

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick along sections of St Helens Sankey Valley Park.

04.06.19

Victoria Park Butterfly Survey

St Helens Ranger Service led participants around the park showing how to identify and record different species of butterflies that inhabit Victoria Park and the surrounding habitats.

Participants were able to see the different species that inhabit each area, learn about where species live, migration patterns, life cycles, land management and the council's approach to protection and conservation, as well as how to get involved with the protection of wildlife.

05.06.19

World Environment Day - Taylor Park 

There was an exhibition of environmental groups from across the region including St Helens Council Ranger service, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Pedal Power and RSPB.

The organisations provided displays that showed how they are helping to conserve the environment, while providing the opportunity for visitors to take away new ideas and potentially change their own living habits for the good of the environment. Visitors could also find out how to become involved in volunteering.

08.06.19

Pond Dipping - Sankey Valley Visitors Centre

Visitors came along to the Sankey Valley Visitors Centre for an afternoon of pond dipping. Nets were provided to catch various freshwater invertebrate species which were placed into specimen trays for the duration of the event.

This event helped to illustrate the value of clean, freshwater habitats for wildlife and provide an enjoyable introduction to food webs and food chains.

 09.06.19

Early Morning Bird Walk

St Helens Rangers led a 5 mile (8km) guided walk around the local countryside with the opportunity see different species of birds and other wildlife inhabiting the area.

Participants learned about migration patterns, habitat change, red data species, how sites are managed to assist in their recovery, land management and the councils approach to the protection of wildlife borough wide.

Participants also found out how to get involved with the protection of wildlife.

 09.06.19

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park.

 18.06.19

Stanley Bank Meadow Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Ranger Service at Stanley Bank Meadows to assist with the removal and control of Himalayan Balsam throughout this site, which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England.

During the session, they learned about the invasive properties of the balsam and its effect on the meadow, its flora, fauna and wildlife if not controlled.

29.06.19 - 30.06.19

Ruskin Sports Festival - 2019 Year of Physical Activity

 30.06.19

Brass Band in Victoria Park

At the Band Stand in Victoria Park, St Helens Concert Brass Band played a variety of traditional and modern music.

July

09.07.19 Stanley Bank Meadow Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council Ranger Service at Stanley Bank Meadows to assist with the removal and control of Himalayan Balsam throughout this site, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England.

During the session, they learned about the invasive properties of the balsam and its effect on the meadow, its flora, fauna and wildlife if not controlled.

20.07.19

Victoria Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park.

23.07.19

Stanley Bank Meadow Conservation Group

Volunteers joined St Helens Council Ranger Service at Stanley Bank Meadows to assist with the removal and control of Himalayan Balsam throughout this site, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England.

During the session, they learned about the invasive properties of the balsam and its effect on the meadow, its flora, fauna and wildlife if not controlled.

24.07.19

High Street Community Clean-Up: 'Love Your Street' - Town Centre and surrounding areas

A flash mob community clean up targeting some of the worst areas within the town centre took place. Linked to the National Citizen Service programme, included over 200 young people undertaking social action.

26.07.19

Bat Walk - St Helens Cemetery

St Helens Council Ranger service led a guided walk through St Helens Cemetery identifying the variety of bat species that inhabit the area using bat detectors.

28.07.19

Taylor Park Festival

Residents enjoyed a family fun day at Taylor park including a fun fair, family games and the chance to speak to the Knit and Natter group.

28.07.19

Brass Band in Victoria Park

Residents were treated to performances by St Helens Concert Brass Band on the band stand in Victoria Park.

August

03.08.19

Newton Town Show

Organised by Newton and Earlestwon Community Group, the Town Show treated visitors to a family fun fair, stalls, children's activities and large displays in the main arena.

07.08.19

High Street Community Clean-Up: 'Love Your Street' - Earlestown, Newton and surrounding areas

A flash mob community clean up targeting some of the worst areas within Earlestown and Newton took place. Linked to the National Citizen Service programme, included over 200 young people undertaking social action.

10.08.19

Taylor Park Clean Up

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick around the park.

13.08.19

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick

Volunteers joined St Helens Council's Rangers for a community litter pick along sections of St Helens Sankey Valley Park.

16.08.19

Bat Walk - Taylor Park

St Helens Council Ranger service led a guided walk through Taylor Park identifying the variety of bat species that inhabit the area using bat detectors.

20.08.19

Victoria Park Fun and Craft Day

Fun activities for all the family along with educational activities in connection with the environment, traditional crafts, the importance of becoming environmentally aware and how you can get involved.

21.08.19

High Street Community Clean-Up: 'Love Your Street' - town centre and surrounding areas

A flash mob community clean up targeting some of the worst areas within the town centre took place. Linked to the National Citizen Service programme, included over 200 young people undertaking social action.

30.08.19

Bat Walk - Victoria Park

St Helens Council Ranger service led a guided walk through Victoria Park identifying the variety of bat species that inhabit the area using bat detectors.


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