Art Gene’s Landscape Working Party coordinated by Barrovian and Ecologist Eve Mulholland, is a friends and volunteer group dedicated to exploring, enhancing and reinvigorating the green spaces in and around the Barrow Borough.
“Barrow is a unique town set amongst an incredible landscape. There’s great potential in our local area and so much to explore!” said Eve Mulholland, Coastal Team Landscape Engagement Coordinator
The Landscape Working Party offers opportunities for locals to discover and understand our diverse local environment, learn new skills and meet others. It also provides the chance to get involved in propagating and distributing local wildflower species throughout the Borough: creating green corridors throughout the town for both people and wildlife to enjoy.
To promote the project and our upcoming activities the Landscape Working Party comprising of Art Gene staff, volunteers and participants, were rattling their banners at Barrow Carnival Parade last Saturday. Dressed as WW2 Land Girls walking alongside the mascot Land Rover float and ‘creatures’. The banners symbolized a call to action for a change in how we interact with our green and built up spaces in Barrow, in the hopes of invigorating the town’s interest with our unique landscape and wildlife.
Check out this quick clip of us at the Barrow Carnival parade!
“It was brilliant seeing the Landscape Working Party team marching up Abbey Road as Land Girls in the parade, waving our banners! We flyered the crowds with our Summer Programme and handed out Nasturtium seeds for people to grow on their windowsills! A great visual call to action for our town!” says Rachel Capovila, fellow Barrovian, Art Gene and Coastal Team project Manager.
Get involved! Coming up this summer we have a series of events:
Friday 20thJuly: BACKSTREETS AND BEACHES 2pm-6pm
Art Gene, The Nan Tait Centre, Bath Street, Barrow, LA14 5TY
Viewing the collisions of industry and nature in the coastal landscape. A guided cycle ride from Barrow town centre to Roa Island via Cavendish Dock and the Westfield Trail.
Sunday 12thAugust: MOUNTAINS & MOLEHILLS 2pm-4pm
Ormsgill Lane, Barrow, LA14 5UY
Explore the views and unusual ecology of Barrow’s artificial mountain. A legacy of what was once the largest ironworks in the world.
Sunday 19thAugust: WALNEY FIELD STUDY 11am-5pm
Walney Community Growing Space, Mill Lane, Barrow, LA14 3XX
Bring you binoculars and pack your magnifying glass! Learn about and help us record all the different wild things that live and grow on the field.