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Our own GIS map!

Following a meeting today, the Council have agreed to develop a GIS plan of the Field. The idea is to keep a record of what we have now (using 2023 as the Baseline), and how things change over time. It will be updated annually following a review.

The map will be used to assist the maintenance and management of the Field. It will also be a very useful educational tool. 

It will be as simple as possible but will also keep records of key details like the species of wild flowers/trees present, with photographs. (We always welcome good photographs – a particularly fine orchid perhaps, or a shot showing how the wood is growing. Please keep on sending us your pictures!)

All being well, a first draft of our new map will be available by the end of February for our comments. We are considering holding an event to publicise the project. 

A simple version of the map will appear on this website and on Facebook. The Council have also offered technical help with this, so with any luck it will actually happen!

Watch this space





Christmas Greetings

Well we’ve made it nearly to the end of a momentous 2023. It’s now very damp on the Field and no time to be planting, mowing, or indeed doing anything very much.

In the meantime it’s Christmas and only one thing remains to be done………….to say a huge 

Thank You 

to everyone who has made this year so successful, especially ……

  • Our wonderful volunteers – that’s YOU,  whose enthusiasm and loyalty  – turning out  (sometimes at short notice) to plant, tidy and patch up damage. The response is always amazing, and without it the Field would not be in the strong position it now is. We should also mention our MP Cat Smith, County Councillor Lizzie Collinge and several of our local Green  councillors. For a small local project we have a very high profile!  
  • Our Specialists who have given hundreds of hours to supporting The Field. Particularly  Richard and Catherine who grew most of our plug plants (- please take a bow!).
  • Our Council, who have provided unfailing support to The Friends and have turned out to  assist our efforts whenever asked. Councils tend to get a bad press but ours has been unfailingly helpful and generous – thank you!
  • and finally, thanks to Our Committee under the leadership of the incorrigible Paul Wiggins – ably supported by Margaret. Paul seems to charm his way though the most complex situations and almost invariably he gets whatever it is that we are seeking! 

Have a Great Christmas and we look forward to working together again in 2024. Miss Whalley’s Field is definitely something for everyone to be proud of.

Happy Christmas!


Remembrance Day

Just look at that sunshine (see below)! The weather gods once again smiled on us and Remembrance day dawned bright and sunny; a wonderful backdrop to our annual service marking the Armistice in WW1.

Reverend Carol Backhouse from Christchurch led proceedings as usual. We really are lucky to have someone who gets so involved in important local Community events – thank you, Rev Carol!

Once again, children from 4 local schools attended  – in strictly alphabetical order…….Castle View, Cathedral, Central Lancaster High, and Christchurch. It’s great that the Field can serve as a focus for all our local schools on such an important topic and with such direct relevance to the  gift of the Field to the children of Lancaster. Their behaviour was described as ‘exemplary’, with the 2 minutes silence perfectly observed; well done all.

As well as local children we were also delighted to welcome our seasoned supporters MP Cat Smith and County Councillor Lizzie Collinge, both in (carefully selected?) poppy red coats, and City Councillor Sam Riches. We greatly appreciate the time and effort they give in supporting us.







On Saturday 11th at 11a.m. a Remembrance event was also held at the Gregson as part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations. The emphasis was on the links between the Gregson and Miss Whalley’s Field (also known as ‘The Gregson Garden’). Without the tragedy of the First WW  it is probable that Miss Whalley’s Field would not exist.







PS There’s also an article about the Field in The Lancaster Guardian this week.