Roughlee Parish News

August 2019 – Parish News

July has seen an emphasis on keeping the village tidy and well presented as the second phase of judging for the Best Kept Village Competition takes place. We also held an energetic balsam bashing day which was well supported. Although there are one or two areas where the plant remains prolific there has been a notable reduction compared with last year. This can be put down to last years’ efforts, not only in Roughlee but also in Barley, where clearing plant away from the river helps to reduce the number of seeds being washed downstream. So, thank you to our neighbours.

Habitats

The reduction of balsam alongside the stream has had immediate effects and the number of native wild flowers and plants between Roughlee and Thorneyholme has been amazing. I have lived in the village for over 45 years and this is one of the better years I remember. This is particularly appropriate as our new habitat display panel is now in place in the bus shelter next to the Bay Horse. This, together with the website habitat information, gives a great deal of detail of local plants and animals and, I hope, will generate interest in and support for our local habitats.

Footpaths

We continue to engage with Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership who have helped to fund our habitat work and are looking at measures to improve and repair the footpaths and byway between Roughlee and Barley. These routes are very popular with both local people and visitors and their maintenance is a priority for the Parish Council.

Capital grant

Our bid to the Borough Council for capital programme support was considered in July. This year we have been allocated £2000 towards our village greenhouse project. The erection of a greenhouse in the grounds of the Village Centre will help to extend our planting programmes which include the various planting boxes and also the sale of plants which is a significant source of fundraising.

Village Centre

Finally I will mention that the Village Centre committee continues to be active and one of the annual favourites, the Duck Race and Family BBQ takes place on 11th August. We hope you will support what should be a great summer afternoon fun event.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council