Open Day 2011

Saturday, July 23rd 2011

Sunny weather encouraged plenty of people out to visit the reserve and take part in the many activities running across the site. The chainsaw sculptor was one of the first demonstrations that people came upon as they walked in along the access road. Here is Jez early in the morning.

Chainsaw Sculpture

This is the same piece of wood later in the day.

Owl sculpture

Horse logging proved very popular and large crowds attended the demonstrations throughout the day. Mark, his son and Painter (the Dales cross Shire Horse) captivated their audience! Kit and Sean also entertained the public with their amazing tree climbing skills!

Horse logging

Chris carried out a green woodworking workshop by the heathland and showed children how to make whistles from Hazel sticks.

Green Woodworking

Tim's beautiful display of butterflies appealed to everyone.

Butterfly display

At the outdoor classroom, children tried designing their own table-top nature reserve.

Mini nature reserrve

Meanwhile indoors, volunteers worked hard to serve refreshments.


Robert took several groups out to see which wildflowers are in bloom.

Wildflower walk

Several VIPs attended this event. Professor David Hill (Vice Chair, Natural England) opened the new outdoor classroom. The Right Honourable William Hague MP opened the new easy access bridge at the head of the lake, and Professor David Bellamy pulled back the curtains on the plaque at the new wheelchair-friendly hide. Here is David addressing the public outside the Field Centre.


David Bellamy

These are just a few of the activities that went on today and there will be a picture gallery on the website in the near future. If you have any photos that you would like to share, please email them to us.  A huge thank you to everybody who helped out today, in any shape or form, for making the day a success - and thank you to all of the visitors for your support.

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