Pathway honouring WWI heroes gets new makeover

ON RIGHT PATH: Councillors James Cameron, Liz Oades and Keith Beckett
ON RIGHT PATH: Councillors James Cameron, Liz Oades and Keith Beckett
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A pathway built in honour of troops from the First World War is set for a makeover thanks to the efforts of town councillors.

Plans are taking shape to turn Kirkham Remembrance Way into a wildflower ‘nature reserve’, complete with fruit trees, wildflower meadows, a bug hotel and community orchard.

Kirkham lost many men in the First World War and it seemed right that we should remember their loss with a walkway dedicated to the peace of nature.

Coun Liz Oades

The pathway, which runs alongside Calder Close and the nearby allotments, was named Kirkham Remembrance Way in 2014.

At the outbreak of war in 1914, men from across the Fylde town met at Market Square and enlisted, before marching to Preston Railway Station and on to fight.

Coun Liz Oades, of Kirkham In Bloom, said: “Kirkham lost many men in the First World War and it seemed right that we should remember their loss with a walkway dedicated to the peace of nature.

“Work has already started but it may take a few years to complete as wildflowers are slow to grow and the fundraising is still ongoing.

“These plans are very attractive indeed and feature a 20-tree apple orchard as well as areas of perennial meadow and woodland flowers and hedging to encourage nesting birds.

“Some of the area has become overgrown and we have already started clearing that as well as planting the first fruit bushes.

“It will be fascinating to see it develop over the coming months into an area that everyone can be proud of.”

Kirkham Town Council is part-funding the work while a ‘Friends’ group and Kirkham Parks’ Group is trying to raise further funding. Fylde Council is helping by assigning its parks designers to the project. Work to build the £30,000 path was done by HMP Kirkham staff and prisoners.