We had a fantastic day on site yesterday teaching bushcraft skills to kids and parents as part of our first half term public event.
Starting from the lower barn our Development Officer, Liam Roche and heritage Projects Manager Andrew Suter, led the kids up through the lower plantation and into the Pineatum. The kids found lots of mushrooms, identified tracks and collected leaves and seeds along the way. From there the group hiked up in to the kitchen gardens where our volunteer Chris had set up camp and had a fire going. We refuelled on sausages and pumpkin soup before building shelters, whittling wood and learning how to use a Fire Steel to get a fire started.
After a bit of practice all the kids managed to get a good spark and succeeded in lighting their tinder.
We finished off toasting Marshmallows on the fire and making S'mores before leading the group back down to the Great House Barn. Everyone involved had a great time and vowed to come back soon to explore the Gardens.
As a first public event we were very pleased with how it went and will be setting dates soon for a repeat session.
In the meantime we are working with our Community Forum to host a Guided Walk through the Gardens on the 12th November. Anyone interested should meet us at Great House Barn Coffee Shop at 9.30am. Attendees should dress for the weather, bring a drink and snack and wear walking shoes or wellington boots. The walk should take 2.5 hours.
On the same day we are also hosting a Conservation task in the kitchen gardens. We are meeting at 9.30 in the car park off Sheephouse Lane (just below the track up Roynton Lane into the Gardens). We will walk up in to the Gardens and undertake some clearance work in the Kitchen Gardens as we continue creating a Green Wood working area and outdoor classroom. All equipment and instruction will be provided as will hot drinks. Attendees should dress for the weather and wear walking/wellingtons boots. Volunteers should bring a packed lunch and water. We will be out to mid afternoon, weather depending.