Friends Group Attract More Funding for Fishwick and St.Matthew’s

A community group are celebrating the good news that they have been awarded a Green Grant of more than £1200 for woodland improvements at Fishwick Local Nature Reserve.

The Friends of Fishwick and St.Matthew’s (FoFS) formed more than a year ago, with an aim to improve the environment and image of the Fishwick and St.Matthew’s areas of Preston.

Green Grants, are funded and awarded by the rail company First TransPennine Express and the Forestry Commission.

Bob Fletcher, FoFS Treasurer said “The money will enable us to bring in expertise and help from Lancashire Wildlife Trust, which will be a much needed boost to existing volunteer effort at the reserve. The biggest task is clearing non-native trees to create space for other trees, such as Oak, Ash, Hawthorn and Holly. We will also be planting over 800 woodland wildflowers and making boxes for birds and bats.”

The Preston City Council Park Ranger for Fishwick will work closely with FoFS and the Trust to help carry out the work over the winter months. Flower planting will take place during Wednesday volunteering sessions and most the tree work will be carried out by Wildlife Trust volunteers on Thursdays.

“We will be seeking to involve a number of local youth groups and school children to help make the bird and bat boxes” added Bob Fletcher. “There will be opportunities for the public to get involved, over the next few months, and we will advertise these through our web site ( and in the local press”.

Councillor Martin Rawlinson said “This is very much a community project and we hope to involve a number of local youth groups and school children. FoFS are doing a fantastic job improving the environment around Fishwick and St.Matthew’s.

The work will take place in Common Bank Wood, part of the Fishwick Local Nature Reserve. The woodland was named by pupils from the nearby St.Matthew’s CofEPrimary School, who have also helped to design a mosaic which will be installed in the reserve next year.