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Activize Your Life is a project which runs out of Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Environment Centre at Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, Bolton. Better thought of as a series of projects and activities, it offers people living in nearby Breightmet and Tonge the chance to volunteer for wildlife, to access training, improve their health and wellbeing, increase their contact with other people in their community and it encourages young people to get involved in community activities for the first time.

The Trust has worked to offer activities that meet local needs in the first instance rather than the more traditional wildlife activities that you might expect a Wildlife Trust to set up – so the projects range from Buggy Zumba to Seven Acres Squad; Choir to Urban Adventurers and Health Walks to Nature Tots.

We celebrated people’s involvement by in Spring 2014 writing eight short profiles – they tell each person’s story – how they got involved, what they have done in the project and what being part of it has meant to them.

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A wonderful festival to celebrate the parks 100th birthday and its official reopening after a major programme of restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Oldham Council. The sun shone and over 2500 people packed the park to seek out gorillas and boggarts; be thrilled by tight rope walkers and puppeteers; go home with painted faces and wearing willow crowns and enjoy a one man band, a traditional brass band and the evening finale by Biggles Band!

Dunwood park centenary celebration

This is how we like to celebrate as a team at Pathways – pick a stonkingly hot afternoon, set out some picnic rugs and parasols in May’s garden, chill some drinks, prepare juicy strawberries and lay out cupcakes from a fabulous local cafe.

We tied up bunting, set out the blankets and made up a few jam jars of flowers picked from the garden.

There were scrumptious cupcakes – including a special cherry bakewell cupcake – from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon in Disbury, which Charlie set out on vintage plates and decorated with herbs and feverfew from the garden.

We were joined by current and past team members, caught up on what everybody had been up to and what our current projects were, ate cupcakes and strawberries, finished with a tiny glass of bubbly and some facepainting from Isla and Mimi.

If you’re looking for an alternative work party or celebration, or want to have a team meeting with a different, do get in contact with us at or on 0161 273 8235 and we’d be more than delighted to discuss it with you.