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The Dorothy Clive Garden is to host special fundraising event 'Build a Brood a Home' (7th January 2014)

The Dorothy Clive Garden will be hosting a special fundraising event for families celebrating ‘feathered friends’ on Sunday 16th February 2014 during National Nest Box Week (14-21 February). The event, ‘#BuildaBroodaHome’ which will take place between 12noon and 4pm, is open to all visitors and families and will also be attended by representatives from the British Trust for Ornithology, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust & the RSPB, who will be providing various talks and activities to encourage bird life in the garden.

The event itinerary will be as follows:

Build your own nest box to take home from 12noon to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm taking place in the outdoor classroom; follow a guided nest trail around the garden from 1.30pm – meeting point outside the garden pavilion; make bird apple feeders to take home 12.30pm to 2pm & 3.00pm to 4pm; take part in a bird trail and quiz all day; enjoy a talk from the BTO ‘Gardening for birds and other wildlife’ at 2.00pm in the Garden Pavilion; meet Birds of Prey all day on the Garden Paddocks.

Event organiser, Julia Roberts said, ‘The Dorothy Clive Garden provides a home to hundreds of British birds who not only provide beautiful song year-round but act as seed dispersal agents, helping the garden grow and flourish. At this wonderful February event, we will be providing visitors with an opportunity to learn about how to encourage bird life into their gardens via ways such as building their own nest boxes and bird feeders. There will be many opportunities for children to learn and be creative.’

Jeff Baker, Head of Marketing at the British Trust for Ornithology said, “This is a great initiative. Getting people making their own nestboxes is good way to help our wild birds. As we tidy our parks and gardens, refurbish our homes and make safe old trees, we often take out natural holes that many of our birds will use to raise a family. By providing a nest box, or even better, two or three, we can help replace the natural cavities that have been lost.” He added, “National Nest Box Week is a great time to put a nest box up, as traditionally birds pair up at this time and begin to look for territories and nesting space.”

The Dorothy Clive Garden will be open from 10am to 4pm, although the event activities start at 12noon. Admission for all is £3.50 per person and the price includes the cost of one bird box and bird feeder per child. Come early to avoid disappointment.

The garden tearoom will be open from 11am to 4pm where visitors can buy hot and cold drinks, homemade soup and a selection of delicious seasonal cakes.

The Dorothy Clive garden is currently closed but will be open again every weekend in February and March 2014 and then from 1st April to 30th September every day.

If you would like further information, please call 01630 647237 or alternatively email julia@dorothyclivegarden.co.uk or visit the website www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk or via social media #BuildaBroodaHome.