Culgaith Parish


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The Guardians of Culgaith Tarn

Tarn flood

The Guardians came into being in 2008 following a Parish Meeting called by the Parish Council to decide on the future management of the Tarn, a registered Village Green. The majority at the meeting felt the Tarn should move away from Parish Council management to an independent body. Our original commitment was to ensure the Tarn remains, for all time, available for all parishioners to exercise their statutory rights of air and exercise over the Tarn which exists for all registered Village Greens. However, since its inception, other aims have been also adopted by the Guardians which have resulted in the creation of a wildflower meadow on the site and a desire to encourage and protect the flora and fauna on there.

Once the village watering hole, the green still floods occasionally in wet winters providing a spectacular photo opportunity and a habitat for all kinds of species of wading birds. In the summer the meadow is the hunting ground of a family of barn owls. The addition of an over-wintering shelter for solitary insects - which will pollinate them - and the planting of plug plants will hopefully increase the diversity of wild flowers growing there.

Since the Guardians’ inception, they have provided seating and an information board thanks to grants from national and local bodies and local companies and plans are in the pipeline to provide two additional kinds of seating, one which will provide more info and the other, a quiet seat on which to contemplate the magnificent backdrop of the Pennines. Everyone is actively encouraged to use the Tarn. Dog walkers are welcome and we have a thriving community of “doggie friends”! We just ask that you pick up your litter and “scoop the poop” so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful space.


    We make three promises:-
  • Anyone, whether or not they support our aims is welcome to join us.
  • Anyone, whether or not they support our aims is welcome at all of our meetings.
  • Anyone, supporter or not, can have copies of all our plans, meeting agendas and minutes.



Chairman Nigel Smith (Tel. 01768 88787)
Vice-Chairman Diane Steadman (01768 88761)
Secretary Marylynne Winder (01768 88425)
Treasurer Corinna Noble (01768 88738).