Thursday, 1 September 2011

Greenfingers Research Project launched at Williamson Park

Volunteers with green fingers and an interest in conservation are needed to take part in a research project at Williamson Park by the University of Cumbria and Lancaster City Council.

The ‘Greenfingers Research Project’ aims to encourage community involvement in green projects at Williamson Park. All ages and fitness levels are catered for with a choice of tasks including; planting, digging, sawing and clearance work. The sessions take place every Thursday from 10am to 1pm starting on September 29.

Students from the Sports Studies degree programme at the University of Cumbria are planning the project with assistance from Lancaster City Council staff at Williamson Park. The students will benefit from gaining experience from planning the sessions and studying the physical, social and psychological benefits of engagement with outdoor conservation. This work will be officially assessed by the university and contribute to the student’s degree.

If you are interested in joining ‘Greenfingers’ this autumn, registration for new volunteers is from 10am to 10.30am on Thursday 29th September in the park's cafĂ©.

• For more information, please contact Will Griffith 01524 33318 or wgriffithsATlancaster.gov.uk,  or the researcher Mark Christie at the University of Cumbria on mark.christieATcumbria.ac.uk

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