Friday, 30 July 2010

Kids Go Wild

Young people are being encouraged to go wild in the countryside and parks this summer with the help of a packed events programme.

Leeds City Council are offering young people under 12-years-old the chance to go trail trekking, learn survival skills, build shelters and hunt bugs as well as treasure.

Throughout the summer months a series of events to inspire and educate young people about wild plants, animals and environments will be taking place supported by Leeds City Council parks and countryside service in parks and green spaces all over the city.

Leeds City Council’s senior countryside ranger Emma Trickett said:

“This summer programme of events is a brilliant way for children of all ages to explore the parks and countryside surrounding them in a fun and safe way – helping them discover the secrets of the outdoors.

“The events will introduce children to fascinating environments right on their doorsteps and hopefully foster a love of the outdoors that they will take with them into their adult lives.”

Free events will be taking place in the countryside all over Leeds including Otley Chevin, Pudsey Park, Middleton Park, Townclose Hills, Hunger Hills - Horsforth and Meanwood Valley.

Full of hands on activities the action packed events will also be full of information about the plants, animals and habitats which exist harmoniously in these wildlife havens.

Young people will also have the chance to build bat and bird boxes which they will be able to take home with them encouraging wildlife into their gardens so they can witness it on their doorsteps every morning.

Events will be running throughout August and booking is required for most though entry is free and several of the venues offer disabled access so everyone can go wild.

Wednesday 4th August , 1pm – 4 pm
National Play Day - Den Building and Tracks and Trails on Otley Chevin.
Join the Parks and Countryside Rangers for some family fun in Chevin Forest Park.
Meet at The White House, Johnny Lane, Otley.
Booking required – disabled toilets – donations welcome.
To book or for more information contact Dan Malster on 0113 237 5268.

Sunday 7th August, 2pm
Wild Things at Pudsey Park.
An afternoon of wildlife-based activities for Children.
Meet at The West Leeds Country Park visitor centre.
For more information contact Elaine Hill on 0113 3957460.
Disabled access – disabled toilets.

Wednesday 11th August, 1pm – 4 pm
Kids Go Wild! Bushcraft in Middleton Park.
Learn how to build a shelter, purify water, discover wild food and how to light a fire using a flint and steel.
Meet at the Lakeside Building.
Booking required – disabled toilets – donations welcome.
To book or for more information contact Steve Clavering on 0113 2375207.

Wednesday 18th August, 1pm – 4pm
Kids Go Wild! – Wildflowers, butterflies and bugs at Townclose Hills.
A chance to find out who eats who in the minibeast kingdom.
Meet in the leisure centre car park.
Booking is essential – donations welcome.
For more information contact Steve Clavering on 0113 2375207.

Sunday 22nd August, 2pm
Treasure Hunt on Hunger Hills, Horsforth.
Friends of Hunger Hills.
Follow the clues to find the treasure.
Meeting at the Hall Lane entrance to Hunger Hills, opposite the children's play area in Horsforth Hall Park.
For more information contact Elaine Hill on 0113 3957460.

Wednesday 25th August, 1pm – 4pm
Kids Go Wild in Meanwood Valley.
Searching for slugs and dipping for diving beetle get hands-on with the wildlife.
Meet at the Marquee near the children's play park in Meanwood Park (Park in car park off Green Road), Meanwood.
Contact Jenny Watts on 0113 237 5320 for more information.
Donations welcome.

Friday 27th August, 2pm – 4 pm
Kids Go Wild! Bird and bat box building in Pudsey Park.
Construct wooden nest boxes for the bats and birds that use your garden. Suitable for children aged seven and over. Limited numbers of boxes available so booking is essential. Meet at Pudsey Park visitor centre.
Contact Steve Clavering on 0113 2375207 for more details
Booking essential – Cost £3.50 (cost of wooden nest box to take home) – disabled access – disabled toilets

All events are free but donations are welcome. For more information contact the parks and countryside rangers 0113 2375317 or countrysiderangers@leeds.gov.uk

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact: Daniel Johnson, leisure communications officer
tel: 0113 247 8285, email: Daniel.johnson1@leeds.gov.uk