Camp Frack 2 – 10th, 11th, 12th May 2013

Where: Mere Brow, Nr Tarleton, Lancs PR4 6JX

A weekend of activity in opposition to Fracking and other forms of Extreme Energy – as well as in support of the fight against unemployment, austerity and the growing threat of Climate Change.

Includes Live Music, Films, Childrens Entertainment, Poetry, Audio Visual Installations, Local Produce, Renewable Energy Solutions, Beer Tent, Debates, Discussions, Networking, Protest March!

Judy Paskell from Manchester CaCC said: “Fracking is threatening to start in Greater Manchester: the IGas company is planning to set up exploratory drilling rigs on Barton Moss, Salford and we have just taken part in a successful meeting of local people to oppose it. So we wanted to join this national- indeed international- protest against fracking and to show our support for the campaigns already set up in Lancashire. The demonstration on Sunday was brilliant:spirited and determined despite the rain!”

Vanessa Vine from campaign groups Frack Free Sussex & BIFF! (Britain & Ireland Frack Free) said: “Despite the news that Cuadrilla intend to start drilling imminently 4 miles from my home in Sussex, I drove for 7 hours to spend two days networking and marching in the pouring rain in Lancashire – precious rain from a water cycle as yet largely unpolluted by fracking. The solidarity (and humour) amongst honest, intelligent everyday people (who the industry tries to dismiss as “environmental activists”) from all walks of life and all parts of Britain, is a veritable shot in the arm.  The British people are not as credulous as they would like to think.   Sanity will prevail.  This unnecessary, dishonest, ecocidal industry will not get a foothold on our soil.”

Johhny Linehan of BIFF! said: “Basically, as an outsider, I thought it was a great success. Despite the weather (and possibly the FA Cup Final) preventing there being more people, those that did come were the serious ones. Everywhere, I was impressed by the knowledge and determination of those I spoke to and the efficiency of the organisation. Not everything went as planned, but this wasn’t because if disorganisation but through people’s ability to adapt quickly. The very best part for me personally was that fun has been factored in and I enjoyed myself thoroughly, despite the rain and cold and losing my wallet on the way. I really enjoyed meeting people I’d only known as named and being able to get to know them. Both Camp Fracks stiffened my backbone and summoned up my blood. I feel greatly energised again.”

Eve McNamara from REAF said: “Camp Frack 2 was a very successful event for the many residents groups that have formed throughout the UK in response to the use of the environmentally damaging process known as fracking and the current push by the Government towards an expensive and unwanted gas based energy policy. It was an opportunity to swap experiences and skills and strengthen the network of groups strongly supported by Friends of the Earth, Campaign against Climate Change, and the unions including the TUC and PCS amongst many others”

Help us out by showing your support, and registering your interest and attendance at our event. Please complete the registration page.

Volunteering at Camp Frack
We need volunteers, stewards and wardens for construction, gate, traffic and litter duties. You will get FREE entrance, meal and beer vouchers. See the Help Page for more info!

There are ample level pitches for overnight camping at £12 per pitch for the weekend  including admission to all events. Usual family campsite rules apply (no open fires) Make sure you are well equipped (bring: waterproof tent, sleeping bag & roll, warm & waterproof clothing, torch) Drinking water and toilets are close by but parking may be limited so consider car shares and public transport. Alternatively you can pay on the gate. Day tickets £2 Under 18′s £1, Family Ticket £5

There will be a choice of freshly prepared vegan and vegetarian foods available onsite provided by;

  • Tea Time Collective – Quality vegan food
  • Saffron Indian Restaurant Manchester
  • Other local caterers including The Ice Cream Van

Getting there…
Bus route 2X runs approximately half hourly 7 days a week between Preston, Mere
Brow and Southport, running past Preston station and close to Southport station.
Buses run through to and from Liverpool as route X2. Note that the last bus from Preston (Mon-Sat) is at 19:24, but there are later buses from Southport (till 22:11)

Mere Brow is also served by route 347 between Chorley, Rufford and Southport, but this isn’t very frequent and there’s nothing on Sundays. [times needed]

Organised transport:
There will be a minibus heading to the site of Camp Frack 2 from York Way (N1 9AA) Kings Cross, on Friday at 13.30 and leaving from the site on Sunday at 14:00. Each individual registering will be asked to pay £32 (return) to contribute to the travel cost of hiring the vehicle [further info / tickets see:]

For cyclists the best railhead with a Sunday service is Burscough Bridge on the Manchester-Wigan-Southport line. On Mon-Sat there are also New Lane on the same line (but with fewer trains stopping) and Rufford on the Ormskirk-Preston line.

For walkers there is an off road track from Bescar Lane station, again on the Manchester-Wigan-Southport line and with no Sunday trains. NB: this is not shown as a right of way for cyclists but it is possible that they may also be able to use it in practice.

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