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Fairfield Association Friends

The Fairfield Association is now responsible for around 50 acres of land over four main sites: Fairfield Green and Playground, Fairfield Orchard, Aldcliffe Road Triangle (also supported by Friends of the Triangle) and Fairfield Nature Reserve.

The Fairfield Association Friends exist to give people the opportunity to make regular donations to the Association which will help to cover the costs both of developing all these areas as needed and also of their ongoing maintenance, something for which it’s especially difficult to raise external grant money. The Flora area in particular, as our newest and biggest acquisition, is likely to be most in need of a continuous source of funding for the next few years.

Become a Fairfield Friend

To become a Fairfield Friend today, please download the form. There is also a gift aid form to fill in if you are a UK taxpayer and have not already filled one in for us.

Fairfield Friend Form (PDF 275K)

Fairfield Association Gift Aid Form (PDF 156K)

Alternatively, if you would like to leave the Fairfield Association a legacy, please download the ‘Leaving a Legacy’ document below for further information:

Leaving a Legacy (PDF 275K)

Contact

For more information on The Friends, please contact the Fairfield Friends coordinator, Geoff Oliver, email:

What will your contributions be used for?

In addition to the regular maintenance and development of all the sites, here are some examples of what the Fairfield Association has done with money raised and donated since 2011:

  • Acquired a 30-year lease on Fauna, created the very popular new footpath across it.
  • Purchased Flora, mainly with funds contributed by our local community, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
  • Landscaped both Flora and Fauna with new and restored hedges, ponds and scrapes, and created hay meadows which are more wildflower-rich every year.
  • Supported the Friends of the Aldcliffe Road Triangle in their aim of creating a beautiful small park on an area of derelict land by the Canal. Already the site has been cleared and opened up, and the Council has recently approved the plans for further improvements.
  • Carried out repairs on several items of play equipment on Fairfield Green and replaced the whole of the safety surface.
  • Improved the care of the fruit trees in the Community Orchard, yielding a much improved crop as well as a wonderful display of apple blossom in the spring, and laid overgrown hedges to improve the habitat for wildlife.
  • Provided tools and training for volunteers working on the various sites, whose numbers have increased by a factor of four.
  • Worked to control invasive and inedible or poisonous plants such as ragwort, thistles and docks.

What do we need to do to develop and maintain the Fairfield Nature Reserve?

  • We are increasing the biodiversity of the Fairfield Nature Reserve and making ecological improvements to the land by using, as far as possible, the traditional farming methods associated with previous generations of farmers. Although these methods qualify for some financial support from Natural England, our policy of minimising fertiliser and herbicide input inevitably lowers the yield. The contributions from The Friends will help to bridge the gap as well as help fund the essential, regular maintenance.
  • As you may well have seen, hedges have already been laid in Fauna and Flora, scrapes have been made for water loving species, numerous native trees planted and the traditional White Park cattle graze the pasture.
  • The arable land in the Flora area has been carefully ploughed, so as to preserve the lynchets, and spring-sown with wide margins along the hedgerows and wild flower strips to attract bees as well as birds. Some of our target bird species such as lapwings and curlews have already been attracted to the site and we are confident that more will follow.
  • The Fairfield Association also takes an active interest in the history of the area and numerous items of historical interest have been uncovered by local groups of archaeologists and metal detectorists.
  • More details of both wildlife sightings and historical artefacts found in our fields can be found on the: Reserve Surveys and Local History pages.
  • Since 2014 we have been drawing up detailed plans which we will use to bid for the external funding which will certainly be needed. However, most funders now expect applicants to provide their own match funding, and all funders require applicants to show that they are well supported by their community. If we can show that we have regular and dependable contributions from The Friends, this will greatly strengthen our grant applications, as well as helping to fund our annual budget and our new projects.

All of the above activities cost money (even the most enthusiastic volunteers need tools and equipment!). We hope you will join The Friends and give generously.

Many thanks

Many thanks to all Fairfield Friends – your support in helping the Fairfield Association preserve these important green spaces is much appreciated!