Town Green; Green Forever!
|Submitted by:||David Whipp|
||Town Green, off Fernlea Avenue, Barnoldswick BB18 5NF
Barnoldswick's Town Green is an area of parkland in the heart of Barnoldswick.
Surrounded by Barnoldswick's terraced streets the Green is a lovely open area with a wide variety of trees growing on it.
But 50 years ago, the area looked very different; the area was used for railway sidings and as a coal yard. The land was at a much higher level than now with high embankments facing Skipton Road and with a massive stone retaining wall at the end of sidings - close to the junction of Gisburn Road and Skipton Road.
After the closure of the railway, the embankments were removed and the land reshaped to its present levels. The line of Skipton Road was altered and Fernlea Avenue extended across the former coal yard area.
Over the years, new generations of trees have been planted on the Green; nowadays, there are mature trees and younger specimens growing on the land.
During the 1980s, part of the area was used to build Cravenside, a home for elderly people.
Concerned that the area could be vulnerable to development if the owners (Pendle Council) decided to sell the land, local councillors applied for the area to registered under the Commons Act.
In 2011, this registration was accepted and the land formally became a Town Green.
The designation as a Town Green means that the land is protected from development in perpetuity; Green Forever!