Date posted: 19/04/12
Tags: Discover Moorland , Volunteers for the Moor, Access for All,
NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
More than 250 people gathered at Haddon Hill for the first of 5 Big Adventure Days being hosted in school holidays this year by Exmoor National Park Authority with help and support from Lottery funding through Heart of Exmoor, The Crown Estate, South West Lakes Trust, Countryside Mobility and The National Trust.
On offer was a chance to learn bushcraft skills, become a nature detective, join in the famous Exmoor beast hunt, make dormouse and barn owl boxes, try out the Trampers (electric off-road wheelchairs) and exlpore the moor.
David Rolls from Heart of Exmoor said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying our wonderful moorland.”
The Big Adventure Days have inspired a business opportunity for Ema Rowe, who had taken her own children to all the National Park’s Big Adventure Days last year.
Ema and the children enjoyed them so much she decided to set up her own business called ‘Wild Wellies'* which she brought along to the Haddon Hill day.
Ema explained: “I lost my job at the beginning of last summer and knew that I wanted to set up something on my own. In my previous job I realised how much I enjoyed working with children so decided that I’d try to build a business around this.
“Now, with what has been called 'nature deficit disorder' being highlighted in the press, people are realising that getting out and playing is as important to a child's education as the ‘3 Rs’ so I am hoping it will go well.”
Patrick Watts-Mabbott from Exmoor National Park said: “It was great to have Ema along with the volunteers helping at the Haddon Hill Big Adventure, the children hung on her every word.
“In addition to Ema, I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the day by running dormouse box building, bushcraft taster sessions and mini-beast safaris, owl box building, marshalling and providing first aid cover and circus skills."
"Without the help of our volunteers these events would be impossible to run. If you would be interested in helping at future events contact me on 07973 727469.”
The next Big Adventure Day is Wednesday 6 June from 10am – 4pm at Nutcombe Bottom south of Dunster off the A396. There is also one at Valley of Rocks on Friday 3 August. For more information visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
* 'Wild Wellies' is outdoor exploration with story telling and nature for all ages, Ema can be contacted 01643 851557.
Images of the day are available. Photos by Steve Guscott.
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