The Friends of South-wick Country Park have been busy this summer. As well as the usual volunteer working days, they collaborated with Wiltshire Council’s Rights of Way and Countryside team to run three events for children. The aim was to get more people out and about in the park and encourage children to become more aware of nature and the fun available outdoors. The events were free, thanks to a Trowbridge Area Board grant, and held in the big field in front of the Hope Nature Centre.

The first celebrated Love Parks Week and children and adults made more than 60 bird feeders to take home. The feeders were complete with bird seed provided free by Wadswick Country Store. For the second event, the Friends constructed plywood kits for flying bird mobiles. More than 100 children came to assemble and decorate them. There were very colourful birds ‘flying’ home with children that day.

At the third event, children could choose to make windmills, fir-cone mobiles, kites or collages. The most popular were windmills and kites.