Flowers in the Vale Family Picnic Day – more info

Details are being finalised for our Family Picnic to be held in the Reserve on 17th July 11am – 3pm. The aim of this event is to encourage local people to come and discover more about the wonderful resource right on their doorstep and actively engage in it.

The volunteers of the Conservation Group have put together a programme of fun events for all the family to choose from and take part in. Just bring a picnic and something to sit on, relax, enjoy and take part in anything that interests you.

Below is a list of planned activities. Some will be on a timed basis and more may be added prior to the Picnic.

  • Guided flower identification and walks
  • Pond dipping
  • Painting and drawing area (to be confirmed)
  • Kite making (£2 discretionary materials contribution)
  • Facepainting
  • Hand Scythe Demonstrations
  • Guided bird watching in the hides
  • Storytime (for under 8’s)
As with any outdoor event, please note all activities are weather-dependent!

Groundworks update

Following on from the fencing work undertaken in January, Conservation Group members have been clearing the newly designated meadow area of scrub, shrubs and low level tree growth.  This is why you will see piles of cut branches, twigs and bramble around the Reserve.


There is quite alot of this debris around the site at the moment; some of this will be left or moved to create ground habitats, some will be reserved for charcoal-making at a later date, and some will be safely burnt off.  Over the next few weeks we will be strimming down the top layer of the new meadow area to give meadow-loving plants a chance to get established without quicker growing plants competing for light and nutrients.

If you are interested in joining in, come along to our next meeting (14th March in the Clara Vale Village Hall at 7pm) or keep an eye on our Upcoming Events section of the website and come along on a task day (which is usually a couple of hours). No special skills required!