Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Postcode Lottery Trust Grassland Project -2016

Vicarage Fields and Fairfield Meadows

This was a joint project between Beyond the Castle and the Fairfield Association, led initially by Lucia Marquart from Lancashire County Council. Unfortunately, Lucia’s job was cut and she went back to Germany in the early stages of the project.


The grant was mainly used to create a meadow on Vicarage Field West and East and to further explore the archaeology of the area.

The Fairfield Association benefited from money allocated to buy scythes and training for volunteers from both the Fairfield Association and Beyond the Castle; and funding for a Meadow Exhibition.

Volunteers with Scythes Outside Church
Volunteers with scythes provided by the project


The Meadow Exhibition which ran at the Storey for two weeks (from 9th May 2022), describes in detail the different processes involved in creating meadows in Fairfield and on Vicarage Fields.

The FA also benefited greatly from the investment in scythes and a group of trained scythers. Scything is a skill that allows us to maintain areas across the Nature Reserve. It involves little cost, can be used in small areas which are difficult to access and is conservation-friendly.

Volunteers in field with scythes
Volunteers at work in the fields with the scythes