With the publication of various reports highlighting the fading link between children and the natural world, the National Trust for Jersey is joining other UK’s conservation organisations such as the RSPB to encourage children to explore the wildlife on their doorstep.
Starting on Monday 29th October and running throughout the half-term period, the National Trust for Jersey, with the support of HSBC will be running Woodland Wanders within the beautiful woodlands at Hamptonne. With our trusted Education Officer, families will be tasked with building dens, digging for earthworms and creating works of natural art. They will also be on the look out for scurrying squirrels and the rich bounty of seeds, fruits and fallen leaves on the woodland floor.
Nick Winsor, Chief Executive Officer, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, said:
‘The National Trust for Jersey is a long term Community Partner for HSBC and I am delighted that we are able to support Woodland Wanders. Our staff have shown so much enthusiasm for supporting such educational programmes and many have attended ‘Ranger Training’ days, to enable them to voluntarily help facilitate the sessions. It’s great to see the work that is done here in passing on knowledge, instilling enthusiasm and encouraging action amongst young people.’
The National Trust for Jersey President, Celia Jeune commented:
‘Autumn is the perfect time to jump in muddy puddles, kick fallen leaves and to experience everything that natures has to offer. The Trust is always trying to get that little bit closer and dirtier when exploring the outdoors and with the continued support of HSBC we are inviting families to join us once again within this outdoor playground ‘.
Meeting place is Hamptonne Countrylife Museum car park and all walks start at 1.30pm. These walks are free for members of the Trust and £5.00 per child for non-members. All places must be booked in advance by contacting the Trust’s office and children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget your Wellington boots and clothes that you do not mind getting a bit dirty!
For any additional information please contact the Trust’s education officer Stephen Le Quesne at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Trust’s office on 483193.