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Mucklestone Nurseries to host annual Spring Daffodil Walk for local community this Sunday (5th April 2013)

Mucklestone Nurseries to host annual Spring Daffodil Walk for local community this Sunday

Mucklestone Nurseries and Business Centre, a new specialist plant nursery with an adjoining affordable business premises - owned by William and Louise Friend - are again hosting their annual 'Spring Daffodil Walk' for the local community this Sunday 7th April 2013 from 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

The entrance fee raised at this walk will be split equally between, The Turner Hodgkiss Nature Reserve – a local charity managing a small community nature reserve in Loggerheads, and St Mary’s Church Mucklestone Lighting Appeal – to upgrade the lighting in St. Mary’s Church.

The walk starts from the Nurseries, in the picturesque village of Mucklestone, and follows the tracks and woodland rides at Church Farm, in a circular route, past ponds, meadows and woodlands, which are all managed by owner, William Friend, under a environmental stewardship scheme to enhance the amenity and biodiversity of these different habitats. There are two return routes available, one longer via the Cowleasow Drumble, a dramatic wooded hollow with a series of small waterfalls, and rare ferns, mosses and liverworts- a renowned local beauty spot, the other returns back along the same outward route –a hard track.

There will also be a sponsored nature trail for children. There will be map provided with 20 items to find and look out for along the route, and a simple question to answer on each,  that will be available to download from the website, prior to the walk http://www.botanyplants.co.uk/ or by emailing info@botanyplants.co.uk.  Children should be sponsored before hand,  at a rate per item/question correctly identified on route.  The answers will available in the church at tea.

A suggested donation of £3.00 per head for adults will be collected for the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve and The Lighting Appeal at St Mary’s Church Mucklestone, which is located very close to the Nurseries. Children and students are admitted for free. They are encouraged to complete the sponsored nature trail questions.  The Ladies of Mucklestone WI and Friends of St Mary’s Church will be serving tea and refreshments from 3pm-5.30pm at St Mary’s Church Mucklestone.

Owner, William Friend said, ‘This is a superb opportunity for the local people to share in and  enjoy the beautiful surroundings here at Church Farm and learn about special landscape, the plants and animals that live on their doorstep and about what we are doing to help preserve and enhance them for future generations. We also provide premises for a range of small local businesses, so the open day also provides an opportunity to local people to meet and find out what services and facilities are now available here. It will be a great afternoon out in the fresh air and raise some money for the nature reserve and Mucklestone church, and will  make good  use of the new lights and kitchen.’

Volunteer wardens of the local community nature reserve, The Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss, will be available along the route to guide and assist. Eric Pemberton, leader of the Tuner Hodgkiss Nature Reserve Volunteer Group said, ‘We enjoy volunteering at the annual Mucklestone Daffodil Walk. The Nurseries is set in a stunning location, with views across to North Wales and Shropshire, and across to Mucklestone Church. The farm cannot be seen from the roads and footpaths , so the walk around the farm allows the local people a rare chance to see this ‘secret world’, and to connect with nature.’

The Farm incorporates extensive native woodlands, ponds, ancient hedgerows and natural unimproved meadows which are managed to enhance the habitat diversity for a whole range of different types of threatened native species of all sorts , from tiny mosses and liverworts ,  daffodils wild garlic and ferns , woodland birds, to the enchanting dormouse.  The garden areas around the farmhouse and nursery are also home to over a thousand different species of trees shrubs bamboos and perennial plants,  which serve as an arboretum/botanic garden , providing propagation material for the nursery and preserving genetic material of domesticated plants for the future.

All Parking is at Mucklestone Nurseries car park. Entrance is 100 yards up Rock Lane (turn off Eccleshall Rd. by old post office /opposite the old schoolhouse). The Business Centre entrance via Cemetery Lane will be reserved for pedestrians returning to tea at the Church.  Please do not use the Farmhouse entrance.

The adjoining Mucklestone Business Centre, also owned by William Friend, is a new site offering affordable business premises to local small businesses, charities and groups in an attractive and peaceful farmyard setting.

For further information about the spring daffodil walks or Mucklestone Nurseries, 01630 674284,  Janet Bourne m 07929 178751  . William Friend m. 07714241668, Kent 01843 862060 E-mail info@botanyplants.co.uk or visit the website www.botanyplants.co.uk/mucklestone-nurseries.