Lancashire is a large county, situated in the northwest of England. Of course, it’s mostly known (aside from its rivalry with Yorkshire!) for being the home to Manchester, one of England’s biggest and most vibrant cities. And also home to the TV series Coronation Street, one of the longest soap operas ever.
But go beyond the city, and you’ll find pretty villages and countryside walks (many along canal banks). And if you go further west, you reach the pretty coast, where there are many popular seaside resorts, like Blackpool and Morecambe Bay. Be careful if you are near the last resort, as it is known for its sinking mud. This is where the tragic incident occurred, when the Chinese immigrants drowned by an incoming tide, after picking cockles off the Morecambe coast. The funnel shape of Morecambe Bay creates very strong currents.
Local Food in Lancashire
- Unicorn Grocery (Manchester) is one of England’s best retail shops. This is a co-operative supermarket that employs people of all abilities. It also has Britain’s first green roof on a commercial building, to support the habitat of the black redstart.
- The Farmer’s Box offers organic veg boxes from its farm in Ormskirk. Typical boxes include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, broad beans, French beans, mange tout, sugar snap peas, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, peppers, onion, beetroots, lettuce, sweetcorn, leeks or kale.
- The Veg Box Company offers a variety of different size boxes, and also a No Roots Box which contains tomatoes, cabbage or cauliflower, peppers and 5 other seasonal items. Based in Preston.
- Growing with Grace offers veggies to Lancaster and surrounding areas, and also sell to a few other areas outside the county, and have their own farm shop.
- Veg Box People is a fast-growing veg box scheme for people in Manchester. Collect your produce from one of several collection points.
- Herbie is your local Manchester greengrocer, who offers great value boxes for fruits and veggies. Yes, a greengrocer that still exists!
- Manchester Veg People is a local co-op that supplies shops and restaurants with quality local produce.
- Groobox offers over 50 veggies from their farm in Cheshire, sent to people also in Manchester.
- Foodlife offers organic veg box deliveries in Manchester. Family-run, it delivers to people in the South Manchester area.
- Booths is an upmarket independent supermarket that has several stores in Lancashire. Known as ‘the Waitrose of the north’, this is locally owned and stocks many unique items, and a good position on going plastic-free.
Local Money in Lancashire
- Credit unions are locally owned banks, run by and for the people. The two main ones are Clevrmoney (Blackpool) and Manchester Credit Union. But there are also many others, depending on where you live: Pennine Community Credit Union, BACUP Credit Union, Unify Credit Union, Hoot Credit Union and Knowsley Mutual.
- Blues and Twos Credit Union offers accounts for members who are eligible (mostly fire crew, police and council employees in the county: check the site for more details).
- Lancashire Community Finance offers affordable loans for those who need them, without going to big banks or loan sharks.
- Building societies are mutually owned, and an alternative to big banks. In Lancashire, there is Marsden Building Society, Chorley Building Society, Furness Building Society and Manchester Building Society,
Animal Rescue in Worcestershire
- There are so many animal shelters in England, it’s not possible to list them all on this little site. So many innocent animals need loving homes. Some local shelters are Manchester & Cheshire Dog’s Home, Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, Blackpool Nine Lives, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Animal Care Lancaster, Cat Paws Sanctuary, Homeless Hounds, Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, The Destitute Animal Shelter, Rochdale Dog Rescue and Freshfields Animal Rescue (north Wales) and Woodlands (Southport).
- If you find injured wildlife, most vets can help. But you are likely to find more expertise from a local wildlife rescue. Ones in Lancashire include Wolfwood (also rescue dogs) and Withington Hedgehog Hospital. You can search by location (and species) for a more extensive list at Help Wildlife.
The South Pennines: 40 Favourite Walks offers a guide to the home of Nora Batty and Heathcliffe, with wild walks where Yorkshire and Lancashire collide. This natural and beautiful landscapes offers 40 walks that explore steep-sided valleys, heather moorlands, craggy hills and gritstone villages, which have inspired and attracted writers and artists for generations. Just a stone’s throw from some of England’s largest towns and cities.