Oaks and Shires returns to Elmdon Nature Park - The Solihull Observer

Oaks and Shires returns to Elmdon Nature Park

Solihull Editorial 26th Sep, 2023   0

FAMILIES and schoolchildren can find out more about woodland and wildlife when Oaks and Shires returns to Elmdon Nature Park in October.

The four-day event, which focuses on local woodlands and wildlife, supports the sustainable management of council-owned woodlands. During the first three days of the event, groups of local school children will learn more about their local environment.

At the end of the week, on October 7, Oaks and Shires opens to the public from 11am until 3pm.

Meeting near Elmdon Church, there will be plenty to entertain local families, including birds of prey, willow weaving and free face painting sessions.

Visitors will also see a heavy horse at work dragging timber out of the woodland whilst minimising damage to plants, a method known as horse-logging.

In addition, craft activities for children, a campfire for toasting marshmallows and a stall run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, said: “The Oaks and Shires event is a great opportunity for families to learn more about our natural environment, its wildlife and the importance of looking after our woodland habitats.

“Managing forests sustainably helps restore biodiversity and increase our resilience to climate change. The variety of activities taking place will help kickstart an interest in the natural world for all those children who take part.”


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