During August parents and children from the Birchen Coppice school holiday project came to Ruskin Land for two wonderful outings. We were very lucky with the weather, enjoying warm sunshine as we wandered through the forest looking for animal poo and tracks. Kate from the Wyre Community Land Trust had made identification sheets for both of these activities. Everyone arrived in the mini bus driven by Gerald, the schools premise manager who joins in with everything. He did one of the best drawings of a bowl of medlars at our Big Draw event last year.
The first visit included a walk to what our grandchildren call ‘Telly Tubby Land’ (a field full of ant hills) then past a tranquil pond where we threw sticks, studied a beautiful black beetle and admired the amazing reflections of oak trees in the water.
We returned to the orchard by St Georges Farm and had our picnic which was finished off with a delicious chocolate cake made by Jeanette Lock who volunteers with the WCLT. After lunch we drew pictures and played hide and seek in the woodland pasture. We all had a fantastic time!The following week was also very well attended with 26 family members joining staff and volunteers from WCLT for another, slightly longer forest walk. This time we went down to Dowles Brook to play ‘pooh sticks’ being careful not to fall in the water like last year because of efforts to conserve the crayfish in the area at the moment.
Another delicious cake made by Jeanette was consumed in great haste and the children had lots of fun swinging on the big gates around the farm.
The next school holiday event at Ruskin Land will be the Big Draw in October half term. Watch this space!
Lynne Roberts, Volunteer WCLT