Estuary Friends’ work on display

Lytham's Friends of the Estuary at the town's old Lifeboat House
Lytham's Friends of the Estuary at the town's old Lifeboat House
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A CARING environmental group which has helped change the face of Lytham is to put the recipe behind its success on public show for the first time.

And it hopes to boost the town’s hopes of its biggest-ever In Bloom prize in the process.

The Friends of the Estuary was founded back in 2008 when Meg Green, her husband Jim and friend Michell Stannard pledged to do something about the amount of litter in town.

They invited friends and neighbours to join them on regular litter-picks and the Friends group has since grown to a group of almost 30 going out weekly to make sure Lytham looks its best.

Officials behind the success of Lytham In Bloom readily acknowledge the part the Friends have played in it earning a clutch of regional and national awards in recent years and have nominated the Friends for a special award as part of their bid for unprecedented Champion of Champions recognition by the Royal Horticultural Society later this year.

This weekend, the Friends are putting on a display of the story behind their efforts at the Old Lifeboat House on Lytham Green – and the format will form part of their nomination for RHS honours.

The display, which is on show on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm each day, is being backed by a host of organisations, such as Lytham Heritage Group, the town’s Civic Society, the RNLI, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Coastal Care Group.

Meg said: “We hope people will come along and see the story behind the work we do and why it is so important to keep the estuary and the town tidy.

“I was inspired to start the tidy up after seeing a turtle in distress in a plastic bag while on holiday in Tenerife and I have been determined ever since to make Lytham a plastic bag-free zone.

“That is just one aspect of what we do and we hope everyone will find the display interesting and that it can become a regular event.

“The display grew out of demonstrations we have been giving to school and the aim is to have it available to show the RHS judges when they come to town later this year.”

Lytham In Bloom chairman Jim Leak said: “The Friends of the Estuary do a great job and their support for our efforts over the past five years has been excellent.

“I remember six years ago when the In Bloom judges came to town and there was litter along the estuary and we only got silver.

“A year later, the Friends had been formed and we got gold and we have had a good run of success since.

“They very much deserve to be put forward for a special award.”