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Idle hands needed for dirty rather than devil’s work at nature reserve.

Wednesday 11th April

Idle hands needed for dirty rather than devil’s work at nature reserve.

Whilst it has been said that the Devil finds work for idle hands, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is calling for helping hands at its Idle Valley Nature Reserve this Sunday.

As part of the Spring Fair to be held at the reserve, off North Road Retford, this Sunday (April 15th) the charity is calling for volunteers to help plant wetland plants and wild flowers adjacent to a new accessible boardwalk.

Volunteers will need to wear wellingtons or waders and old clothes, but will also be able to take part in guided walks, family activities and enjoy refreshments at the reserve’s ever popular café.

Speaking about the event Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Idle Valley Nature Reserve is by far our largest site and we always need help from volunteers to care for it. We’re hoping that people will come along on Sunday to find out more about volunteering but we also need help on the day with planting up the area adjacent to our new boardwalk. This will be a great opportunity to come along and literally get your hands dirty whilst meeting the staff and other volunteers that help make the reserve a special place to see and enjoy wildlife.”

Idle Valley Nature Reserve covers an area equivalent to 600 football pitches and visitors receive a warm welcome at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, a striking building owned and run by North Notts College, which is the base for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s café, reception and a well-stocked shop.

Well worth a visit at any time of year, the charity also runs special events throughout the year to help give people a better introduction to the site’s wildlife.  The Spring Fair, will take place on Sunday April 15th between 10am and 4pm.

The event will feature guided walks, family activity sessions, a range of stalls and displays and a ‘tool’ swap where people can recycle old garden tools or pick up a bargain.

For further details about the event visit our Idle Valley Nature Reserve page and click the events tab.

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