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'Woodland Spring Walk' from Mucklestone Nurseries (26th February 2015)

Saturday 11th April 2015

William and Louise Friend of Mucklestone Nurseries and Business Centre are again hosting their 6th annual ‘Woodland Spring Walk ’ on the afternoon of Saturday 11th April 2015. This years walk celebrates the 100th Anniversery of the Women’s Institute .

The walk starts from the Nurseries from 1pm, in the picturesque village of Mucklestone, and follows the tracks and woodland rides in a circular route, past ponds, meadows and woodlands, managed to enhance the amenity and biodiversity of these different habitats. The colony of rare ‘wild daffodils’ should be in bloom .. There are two return routes available, one returns back along the same outward route –a hard track. , the other more challenging and slightly longer one is 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 in Victorian times.

Teas and refreshments are provided 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, raising money for the Church and Village Hall. The walk itself is completely free.

There will be nature trail for families to follow with a map showing the route. Notice Cards explain items of interest along the way. Notes are available to parents and teachers from the website www.botanyplants.co.uk, to form a useful teaching aid/exercise.

Visitors to the nurseries , or school parties are also welcome to follow the trail at any time during April or early May, provided they sign in and out at the nursery before and after. William Friend, an Oxford trained botanist and naturalist, owns and manages the woods and spent his own childhood in these woods. He 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- with the bonus for parents that its completely free.’

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 helping at Walk. This a stunning location, with views across to North Wales and Shropshire, and across to Mucklestone Church. It can’t be seen from the roads or footpaths , so the walk up to the woods allows the local people a rare chance to see this ‘secret world’.

The Entrance to Mucklestone Nurseries car park , is 100 yards up Rock Lane (signed off B5026, Eccleshall Rd. ) Postcode TF9 4FA. For further information about the Spring Walk, Call Mucklestone Nurseries, 01630 674284 or visit the website www.botanyplants.co.uk/mucklestone-nurseries