Welcome to the Fairfield Association
The Fairfield Association was formed by residents and friends of the Fairfield area of Lancaster (England) in October 1996, in response to the threat of housing development on a long-established children’s play area (Fairfield Green). The Fairfield Association saved the play area, improved it and installed new play equipment (2004). In 2012 Fairfield Green was given QE II status which ensures its status as a recreational area in perpetuity.
Other projects have followed. In 2000, the Millennium Green and Community Orchard was created and in 2012/13 the Fairfield Association established nature reserves on farmland nearby (first Fauna and then Flora). All our projects have been initiated by the community, and we are committed to full public consultation throughout the period that plans are being developed. The Fairfield Association Flora and Fauna Nature Reserve is soon to be formally designated as a Local Nature Reserve which will give the area extra protection and ensure it appears on the Local Plan and O.S. maps.
The Association is a registered charity, with the following object:
The preservation, enhancement and maintenance of public areas and amenities in the City of Lancaster, in particular the Fairfield area, for the benefit of the public.
We raise funds through subscriptions and donations, for example by becoming a Fairfield Friend, and other fund-raising activities and community events. If you would like to join us, membership is open to everyone sympathetic to our aims, whether or not they live within the Fairfield area. We are proud that all sections of the community, young and old, have been involved in our work and helping us raise the money needed. In addition, our work has been supported by many organisations including the National Lottery (through the Millennium Greens Fund, the Community Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Awards for All), The Lancashire Environment Fund, Lancaster City Council (Millions for the Millennium), the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Lancaster University Wind Turbine Community Benefits Fund, the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and the Lancaster Community Fund.
We have many fund-raising and fun community events throughout the year. Our largest and most popular event is Fun Day which is held every two years on Fairfield Green play area on the first Saturday in July. We also organise an Easter Egg Hunt in the Community Orchard, Carol Singing around Fairfield on Christmas Eve and celebrate Wassailing in January and Apple Day in September. If you prefer to roll your sleeves up there are regular Working sessions in the Orchard and across the Flora and Fauna reserves and we are always looking for volunteers. There is an Annual General Meeting in May or June every year as well as regular committee meetings, the dates of which can be found on the Calendar. Our meetings are open to all interested members, and reports are placed on the website in the Meetings section of the 'Supporting Us' area. We have a regular newsletter, and newsflashes appear on the Home Page of the website from time to time.
If you are interested in reading more about the history of the Fairfield Association, an article tracing its development was published in the local history journal Contrebis (Volume 35 pp. 70-78) in 2017.