A brilliant time at Raw Nook nature activity day!

Well the day couldn’t have been better…

We ordered sunshine and that arrived we were hoping the next generation would attend and they arrived too.

The day had been organised by Sarah Goldsmith & her excellent team from the Yorkshire wildlife Trust.

We, the Low Moor & Oakenshaw Conservation group were helping out mainly with the planting…or so we thought!

I was also keeping an eye out for any wildlife that wanted to attend the event…And it wasn’t long before a late..ish Chiffchaff was in song nearby with a party of Canada geese moving low overhead.

The event started with a Herb Walk presented by Heather from the YWT which was really interesting and informative.

We learnt about the medicinal purposes of plants like the humble Dandelion and the Goose Grass ( that horrible sticky grass ) that actually makes a nice cup of tea!

The children were busy collecting all the herbs as they were looking forward to making the …Potions

They collected Dandelions, Comfrey for making garden feed and Ribwort Plantain and Docks for treating nettle strings.

Excited children with their potions that they had mixed themselves (Below)

It was then onto the planting which all the adults were looking forward to doing….Well at least planting a few plants!! However, the next generation had other ideas…They thankfully needed no encouragement as little legs were running about with plants and watering cans.

Peter Gurney YWT had brought a good number of Bird’s foot trefoil plants to plant in the meadow to try and attract back the once common, Common Blue butterfly.

So the day ended with the next generation been tried, having dirty hands and asking can we do it again!

JUST HOW IT SHOULD BE..

MANY THANKS TO ALL SARAH’S TEAM AT YWT FOR MAKING AND ORGANISING THIS WONDERFUL EVENT…

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