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Woodland Spring Walk (28th April 2014)

Woodland Spring Walk

Mucklestone Nurseries & Business Centre, a specialist plant nursery with an adjoining business centre, owned by William & Louise Friend, is hosting a local walk in ancient woodland as part of their annual 'Woodland Spring Walk' for the local community on Sunday 4th May 2014 from 1pm omwards.

This annual woodland spring event, is part of the National Tree Council’s ‘Walk in the Wood’s Festival 2014′ which encourages people in the U.K. to enjoy trees and woods.

Please see the event listed via:http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/community-action/events-map/item/4584-bluebell-walk-in-ancient-woodlands-mucklestone-nurseries-sunday-11th-may

The walk starts from the Nurseries, in the picturesque village of Mucklestone, and follows the tracks and woodland rides in a circular route, past ponds, meadows and woodlands, managed by owner, William Friend, 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.

Teas and refreshments are laid on in St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone, for the walkers on their return by the Ladies of Mucklestone WI and Friends of St Mary’s Church from 3pm-5.30pm .

There will be nature trail/quiz for children. There will be map provided with items to find and look out for along the route, and simple questions to answer. The question sheets are available to download from the website, prior to the walk www.botanyplants.co.uk or by emailing info@botanyplants.co.uk. The answers /notes are available to parents and teachers , to form a useful teaching aid/ exercise.

Visitors to the nurseries , or school parties are welcome to follow the trail at any time during April or May, provided they sign in and out at the nursery before and after.

Owner, William Friend said, ‘This is a superb opportunity for the local people to share in and enjoy the beautiful surroundings here in Mucklestone and learn about it’s special landscape, plants and animals and about what we are doing to help preserve and enhance them for future generations. It will be a great afternoon out in the fresh air.’

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 , wild 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 (signed 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, offers affordable business premises to a range local small businesses and individuals, in an attractive and peaceful farmyard setting.

For further information about the spring 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.

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