Family Festive Fun

Monday, December 19th 2016

A slight frosting of the reserve early this morning gave a feeling of the season as I came in. This was a good thing as today was our last Festive event before Christmas: Family Festive Crafts.

We had 16 children of varying ages, thankfully accompanied by their parents and Grandparents! That number of folk had us gathered outside to start the first part of the wreath making as we required room to manipulate the long lengths of willow for the initial ring that forms the foundation of the wreath.

As it was fairly cold outside we were soon in the warm of the Field Centre putting on the varied greenery, with help from Jade and Charlie who are with us on placement from Askham Bryan.

With wreaths being tweaked by the adults the children moved onto pine cone robins, and silver birch table decorations.

The tidying up after an event like this takes over an hour… but is all worth it to see the smiling faces and the fruits of the children’s labour.

In the afternoon we had another pond leak above the Lake to contend with, so we spent a little time patching that, filling the leak with puddled clay.

Thank you to all the parents for helping us today, plus Elizabeth, Jade and Charlie.


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