Spring open day at Ranscombe Farm in Kent

Spring open day at Ranscombe Farm in Kent

It’s Plantlife’s flagship nature reserve, a botanical treasure trove that is home to some of the most rare and threatened wildflowers in the UK and this weekend Ranscombe Farm holds its spring open day with some unforgettable ways to learn about the nature on your doorstep:

• Bushcraft: People will be able to try their hand at fire lighting, using a kelly kettle to make a hot drink outdoors, knot tying and hammock building, in the safe hands of Earthcraft UK.

• Activities: Families can experience our Ranscombe Explorer activities – whatever the child’s age they can explore let off steam and become intrepid mini, rookie or expert explorers!

• Geocaching: Families can have a go at a high-tech outdoor treasure hunt! There’s a trail of six plant-themed geocaches hidden around Ranscombe Farm Reserve inspired by drawings made by local lady Clara Pye who painted wild flowers in the area over 100 years ago.

• Archaeology: We will also have a display of the 6000-year old flint tools which have recently been unearthed at Ranscombe by volunteer Dave May and other keen archaeologists.

Plantlife’s Richard Moyse says “Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund we are able to offer a fantastic day out for the whole family that doesn’t cost a penny! After a long dark winter, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and celebrate the start of spring at our beautiful nature reserve. Whether you want to take part in one of our many activities or simply enjoy a stroll amongst the wildflowers we hope you will come down and enjoy the nature on your doorstep.”

There’ll also be chance to take part in Plantlife’s brand new postcard competition “What Ranscombe means to me”. Whether it’s the reserves wildflowers, woodlands, history or grasslands that you love we want you to get crafty and show us why you think Ranscombe is so special on a postcard!

• Winning postcards will be re-produced and used to promote the reserve.
• 5 age categories with fabulous prizes
• The competition runs until July 2013

There will be two creative workshops taking place on the day to get you inspired!

• “Wild at Heart” – Local artist Wendy Smith’s will show you how to make, paint and decorate, animal, insect and flower cut-outs that can be placed around the farm or taken home.

• “The Whispering Wild” – Emily Parrish’s stories from the Heart of the Wilderness’ will tell stories from deep within the woods. All workshops are suitable for both adults and children.

View more details on plantlife.org.uk.

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