Welly Walk and Nature Needs You!

Above: Mayoress Heather Schofield and Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Adam Schofield

On Saturday 13th October 10am-3pm, there will be an outdoor play themed event in West Park – Welly Walk and Nature Needs You.

The free event which is organised by Macclesfield Town Council, is designed to encourage outdoor play throughout the cooler seasons. It was held for the first time last year and was so popular that Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers asked if they could combine their annual event Nature Needs You with the Welly Walk.

Helena Gowler, Community Engagement Office for Macclesfield Town Council commented that ‘Autumn is a great time of year for families to get outside and play. This event will hopefully inspire more people to pull on their wellies and spend some time trudging through the fallen leaves and having fun outside throughout the colder weather’.

This year, there is an addition of a storytelling tepee den, complete with soft cushions and fairy lights to create a cosy atmosphere for children listening to Enid Blyton inspired tales. There will also be a mini forest school, marshmallow toasting, den building, a static bush craft display, birds of prey, storytelling, birdwatching, creepy crawlies and a Welly Wander around the park. The Welly Wander will involve locating clues around the park and carrying out a small activity to help see the wonder in the great outdoors. Families can drop in at any time during the event to collect their clue sheet.

Tina Hanak, Group Leader for Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explores said ‘The Team at Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers are really enthusiastic about joining forces with Welly Walk. We are keen to help families with children of all ages make strong, positive connections to the natural world.’

‘Our Nature Needs You event is all about helping the public to take positive action to help the wildlife in our own backyards and gardens. There’ll be loads of free hands-on activities to inspire families to give nature a home. From making bee homes and wildflower seed bombs, to helping construct nest boxes for birds and planting native trees, there’ll be something for everyone.’

The area to the side of West Park café will be used for the event.

Queries should be directed to Macclesfield Town Council on 01625 374142 or admin@macclesfield-tc.gov.uk

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