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Wildlife charity set to host festival event at Skylarks Nature Reserve

Wednesday 16th August

Wildlife charity set to host festival event at Skylarks Nature Reserve

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based wildlife charity, is throwing open the ‘doors’ at Skylarks Nature Reserve at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham in celebration of the site’s unique wildlife and heritage and to mark the success of a three year project which has seen the site extended and transformed. 

When:12 noon – 6pm Thursday 24th August 2017

Where:Skylarks Nature Reserve – Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.  

What:Skylarks Festival – a celebration of the site’s wildlife and heritage with activities for all the family.  

The festival will take place on Thursday August 24th and will feature a range of activities and demonstrations designed to showcase the site’s wildlife, illustrate its rich history and to encourage people to play a part its future.

Activities will include mini beast hunts, story-telling, willow weaving and besom broom making. There will also be a range of activities co-ordinated by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Archaeology Team including Saxon cookery, flint knapping and spoon carving. 

The festival is the final main event of a three year programme of activities linked to the purchase of the site thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Following the purchase of the land adjacent to the Wildlife Trust’s existing Skylarks Nature Reserve, the charity has carried out major habitat restoration and access improvements.

Alongside the physical transformation of the site the project has seen a major investment in volunteer training and support and the provision of a wide range of events and activity sessions for schools, community groups and families.

Speaking about the event project manager Laura Bacon said: “This festival is the culmination of three years of hard work but also marks the start of a new chapter for the site. We now have a wonderful group of local volunteers who help us care for the site and our partnership with the Community Archaeology Team means we have a unique resource for demonstrating experimental archaeological techniques which are helping us to unlock the site’s past and pass on ancient skills to a new generation. The festival is a chance for the local community to come along and discover just what the site has to offer.”   

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