An outdoors charity is one step closer to creating a woodland wonderland to help children to get back to nature.
West Slaithwaite’s Be More Outdoors dug deep with dozens of families at a special, if soggy, working party event at the Horsefield to create the first part of their ambitious adventureland plan.
A scheme to build pathways, dig channels and plant bash Himalyan Balsam was given the go-ahead earlier this summer after the group won £3,000 of Comic Relief funding.
It will also allow them to hire a project manager who will put on more activities to help children gain more practical skills in woodland crafts and learn how to use tools and fire safely.
Chair of Be More Outdoors, Fiona Hopkins, said: “The children were as involved as the adults and everyone was rewarded by soup around the campfire.
“We are extremely grateful to Comic Relief for their support. We can now expand and in turn give children more opportunities to be outside, learn and develop.”
Be More Outdoors runs Babes in the Wood Forest Schools for youngsters, Colne Valley Bushcraft for older children and Spoonrakers spoon carving and green woodworking for grownups in woodland in the area and runs sessions throughout the week.
For more information, go to: www.bemoreoutdoors.org