Downham Hall opens its gardens for charity

Downham Hall
Downham Hall

DOWNHAM Hall opens its gardens to the public this weekend, raising funds for Downham Village Hall and local environmental charity the Ribble Rivers Trust.

The gardens will be open on Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, with music from Clitheroe Town Band and Barnoldswick Brass Band and lots of stalls including a WI cake stall, plants, books, children’s activities, crafts, tombola, raffles and teas.

Previously called the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust, Ribble Rivers Trust aims to restore and protect the river and its tributaries, covering more than 900 sq. miles, so future generations can enjoy the beauty of its wildlife and fauna. The Trust will provide information on how to spot invasive and non-native species, how the public can get involved with their work and help visitors learn to identify different forms of river life.

Downham Village Hall has recently received grants of more than £11,000 from Lancashire Environment Fund and £2,500 from the Downham Trust towards a new and environmentally friendly wood pellet boiler, installed in spring.

Downham Hall’s gardens are open from 2 to 4 p.m. on both days and entry is £3 per person, with children under admitted free.