We had a wonderful time on Saturday 15th June at the very first 'Blossom Day' at Craven Vale.
Visitors came along to The Vale Community Centre to find out what is being done by local people to improve biodiversity in the area. Nature walks gave people the chance to learn about the community orchard, the wildlife garden, the rare Elm trees in Craven Wood and the butterfly-friendly wildflower banks around the estate. And everyone got involved in crafts such as making solitary bee homes and hoverfly lagoons.
Bee-themed activities took place all day – there was face painting, and minibeasts to colour in. There were bee cakes to eat (think butterfly cakes disguised as well… bees) and no detail was missed - even the napkins had bees on them! Everybody got into the fun spirit of the day - in the photos you’ll spot TDC Community Development Worker Amy Allison and volunteer Nick – they’re the ones dressed as caterpillars all in green.
The event was a huge success. Despite the drizzly weather the community centre was packed, with lots of local people coming along as well as others who had come from further afield to learn about bees, biodiversity and more. We counted 25 people on our nature walk through Craven Woods! A big thank you to everyone who came along and made the day so special.
To find out more about biodiversity in Craven Vale, follow the Craven Vale Biodiversity project on facebook.